Thursday, November 25, 2010

THANKFUL THURSDAY...Happy Thanksgiving!

Have you ever had a child beg you for something and when you finally gave it to them, they forgot to thank you?
 In the book of Luke, this very thing happened with some lepers:

"Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well." (Luke 17:11-19)

In Jesus' time, leprosy was an incurable skin disease. People with Leprosy were hated, feared and looked down on by other people. They couldn't live with their families or community. They were outcasts, and had to live with other lepers. It was a lonely life, a terrible way to live!

All ten of these people who had leprosy knew that Jesus had the power to heal them. In fact, they cried out for Him to have pity on them so they would be healed. And Jesus did heal them, but once they were healed, they forgot to show their gratefulness. Well, all of them except one. Only one took the time to come back to Jesus to say thank you.

On this THANKSGIVING DAY, may we understand the power that God has in our lives and may we live our lives like the one leper who returned to God to give thanks.

"For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless." Psalm 84:11

Please share your grateful heart with ours here at THANKFUL THURSDAY by linking up your post below. Next week you will find TT over at (Grace Alone), Iris will be hosting for December. It has been a joy to be your hostess this month and from my house to yours, I wish you a very blessed and bountiful Thanksgiving!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!




14 comments:

LaughingLady said...

Great reminder, Laurie! And have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Harter said...

I always love reading your posts. Thank you.

jhunnelle said...

Another inspiring and powerful message, thank you for sharing this, God's abundant blessings be yours as you celebrate this season.

Debbie said...

How important it is to have a thankful heart everyday. It changes my perspective when I'm on the lookout for all I can thank God for each day. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Laurie. And thank you for hosting us this month for thankful Thursday.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Joan said...

Laurie - before the busyness of the day envelopes me, I want to take a moment to wish you and your family and joyous Thanksgiving. Thank you for hosting Thankful Thursday this month and for your love for our Lord and Savior.

Blessings,
Joan

genny said...

nice post again. here for TT entry. cheers!

Rita T. said...

Sometimes we become so selfish that we only think of our joy rather than the blesser. Thanks for hosting and Happy Thanksgiving!

Joan Davis said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Andrea said...

Thank you for this powerful reminder of our need for gratitude and thanksgiving.

Karen said...

This is a thoughtful post. I don't want to be one of the ungrateful ones, after God has blessed me so much. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for hosting TT!

eph2810 said...

What a powerful reminder that we should be thankful for all the things in life. Even the not so pretty stuff. May I never take God's faithfulness and blessings for granted.

Thank you so much for hosting this months TT. I cannot believe that we almost celebrating the birth of our Savior...Where did this year go?

Happy Thanksgiving, Laurie...

Iris

Darlene Schacht said...

I pray that you will have an awesome Thanksgiving day. Praise God for everyday that He gives us, may we use each one as an opportunity to glorify Him.

Andrea said...

I'm Canadian -- but Happy American Thanksgiving anyway! :)

Whidbey Woman said...

Hi Laurie, I so appreciate you sharing this story with us. What a great message! Hope your Thanksgiving was blessed. Mine sure was!