Remembering to say “Thank You”

On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men with skin diseases approached him. Keeping their distance from him, they raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, show us mercy!”

When Jesus saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” As they left, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw that he had been healed, returned and praised God with a loud voice. He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus replied, “Weren’t ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? No one returned to praise God except this foreigner?” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up and go. Your faith has healed you.” ~ Luke 17:11-19 (CEB)

I am thankful for holidays and traditions that slow me down and help me to remember to refocus my attention. Life gets so hectic. I don’t mean to be ungrateful. I don’t mean to overlook those things that God does for me. “Thanksgiving” reminds me that I need to think about the things that I am thankful for. “Thanksgiving” reminds me that I need to say thank you more often. “Thanksgiving” reminds me that I need to show my thankfulness by reaching out to those around me.

Thank you Lord for the signs you place in my life that redirect my focus to You. I thank you for the simple things I daily overlook. I thank you for a warm place to lay my head. I thank You for family and friends that love me. I thank You that I can choose the foods I eat and that I that I don’t have to go to sleep hungry. I thank You that I can worship you without risk to my life. Help me to see these blessings regularly. Amen.

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