THEME: POWER OF THANKSGIVING
“And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”
-Leprocy is a disease that was considered horrible and it carried terrible social consequences in ancient Israel. Lepers were treated “as if they were, in effect, dead.” The Mosaic Law prescribed that anyone who had leprocy should be cut off from society, including his family. The person was forced to wear torn clothing, have his head uncovered, cover his lips and shout “Unclean! Unclean!” wherever he went to warn others to keep their distance (Leviticus 13:45). Some even carried bells to alerted people that a leper was passing by. Jesus had compassion on ten lepers, nine among them Jews and one Samaritan. The Samaritan went back with gratitude and thanksgiving to Jesus for His mercy and grace. The Samaritan therefore utilized the power of thanksgiving, he fell to the feet of Jesus, and he was made whole. Apart from his physical healing, the leper was saved spiritually. As we come to the end of the this year, let us not be like the nine lepers who were healed and forgot to worship God. We are reminded to give thanks to God for the great things He has done unto us, despite our shortcomings; that we may be made whole.
Abba Father You are the King of kings, You are the Lord of lords, You are our Savior and Father. We worship You, we praise You, we honor You, we give You all the glory. Thank You for Your goodness. Thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for Your love. We love You dear Jesus. You have sustained us the whole year, we honor You loving Jesus. Thank You for healing our physical and emotional wounds. Thank You for blessing us with all spiritual blessings. We exult You, we honor You, we bless Your holy name. We cast all our burdens unto You, for You care for us dear Jesus. Thank You for loving us and caring for us dear Jesus. May Your peace dwell in our hearts and minds in You Christ Jesus. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: 1 Peter 5:6-7, Psalm 69:30
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