Bishop Ward shares the story of the one grateful leper to encourage us to not only be thankful, but to express our thanks. Give thanks to God and also to those around us who bless our lives.
Thanks be to God for the inexpressible gift of Jesus Christ.
In this season of thanksgiving, we turn our hearts toward God, offering gratitude for the gifts of God which flow upon us, moment by moment, day by day, year by year. We remember a story in the Gospels. Jesus going along his way, saw ten lepers and healed them all. Nine returned to their lives without offering thanks. Only one of the ten lepers took time to seek Jesus out and to thank Him for the healing that he had experienced. Where were the other nine, Jesus asked?
Let us in this season of thanksgiving be counted among those who seek Jesus out, and give thanks to God. Gratitude is a practice of the Christian life. Gratitude is a practice of a thriving community of Christians. At the heart of our worship are hymns of gratitude. At the heart of abundant life are moments of offering thanksgiving to God.
Let us develop within our lives, not only in this season, but all the days of year, the practice of gratitude, offering thanks to God for abundant gifts and offering thanks to each other. Each of us know the power of a simple gesture of thanks, a word to a colleague, a note to a family member. Taking the time to express thanks is the mark of one whose heart is full of the Holy Spirit.
So in this season, as you gather and feast and give thanks, let us offer ourselves anew to God and the ministry of thanksgiving, growing toward Christ as we praise God for every good and perfect gift, and offering thanks to one another.