FOR FRIDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 17:11-19
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” (Luke 17:15; New Living Translation)
We know this story of the 10 lepers where the only one who returned to give thanks to Jesus was a Samaritan. For years we have been encouraged to be like this fellow who came back to Jesus to show his gratitude. For one reason or another, the other nine who were healed failed to do this. What was it that made the difference in this tenth fellow?
I think part of the answer to this question is given in this verse which suggest the point of turn-around for this Samaritan: “he saw that he was healed”. He noticed how his life had been change. He paid attention to the way his life was blessed. He let what happened sink into his heart.
All too often, we go through life and forget to notice what God has done and is doing in and through us. We not only fail to take the time to count our blessings, we don’t even notice them. Because of this oversight, our life misses out on so many opportunities to have our heart filled with praise.
Prayer: Open my eyes, Gracious God, that I might see and notice all the blessings you will send me this day and be thankful. Amen.