In a file I have of “one-liners,” I’m reminded of one that goes; “If you want to find gratitude, look for it in the dictionary.” Sad to say many are not naturally thankful! While not a ‘one-liner,’ & while not Christmas, I once read a story of a newspaper who printed a large number of “wish” letters addressed to Santa. Days following Christmas the company reported they had received only one “thank you” letter to be given to him! While those who at one time thought there might by a red and white-suited-individual named Santa, I wonder how many remember ever writing a “thank you” to him after the Christmas season
All that leads me in reflecting on the story Jesus tells in Luke 17:12-19. “At one town they met ten men with the disease of leprosy. The men had heard of Jesus and his power to heal; and when they saw him, they cried out, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ Jesus said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ If ever a leper became well, he went to the priests and made an offering as thanksgiving to God. These men obeyed the word of Jesus, believing he would cure them; and as soon as they started out to the priests, they found they were already well. All but one of the men went on their way, but one returned, coming back to Jesus he fell as his feet, giving praise to God. Jesus said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Were none willing to come back to give glory to God?’ Then he said to the man, ‘Rise up and go your way; your faith has saved you.” Being unthankful is not limited to individuals only in this 21st Century…rather it has been common since the fall of man…in the Garden of Eden.
Paul in Ephesians 5:20 said … (commanded) … “And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, “and again in Colossians 3:15 to “always be thankful.” This includes the unpleasant as well as the pleasant things, because, “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him” (Rom. 8:28). For all ten lepers, was returning and giving thanks important for them? Absolutely! They were in need for Jesus to give them more than a brief, sentimental, devotional thought! They needed a word from Him that would provide their healing!
Today I am a “grateful recipient of God’s goodness,” I trust these brief words of “thanks” will be ones taken, like unto the one leper who gave thanks after being healed. Thank you to all who were so kind to call my phone (I apologize for not answering very often) as well as Jeannie’s! In addition, to those who texted, and contacted by other means … not just one time … but multiple times during my ‘down time’, as well as during my ‘now’ time of recuperation. I am ‘so very thankful’ for the prayers prayed … not just one word or picture of praying hands … but especially for those who took time to go before God with requests, while also following-up with words of “thanks” for God’s healing virtue for one whose life was in a critical condition. Please know how great the amount of thanks I offer for another day’s life and breath, following the heart attack that came a week ago this past Monday … which overtook me within a brief period of time of three-minutes but continued hours to come. Subsequently a major artery was found to be blocked 80%, and a stent was put in to allow blood to flow to the heart and brain.
God heard the prayers of CRA members, family and friends, and I am that ‘grateful recipient of God’s goodness.’ Thank You, Jesus! Thank you family – family of CRA and the numerous others! Moreover, for God’s mercy and faithfulness, allowing me additional days to carry out the call of the Lord – reaching souls for the kingdom extending from the ministry of CRA Int’l.
I stand a “grateful recipient of God’s goodness”!
Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie