As a result of a conversation we had during a marriage enrichment study, I decided to write a note of thanks to my in-laws, expressing my gratitude at the superb job they did at raising the man I married. It took a few minutes of my time and one postage stamp. The reaction on the other end was surprise, joy and deep appreciation. The power of a short little note of thanks amazed me.
Maybe you are a writer of or have been a recipient of hand-written thank you notes. They are not as common as they used to be, and when we get one at our house, we are both touched and appreciative. There is something special about taking the time to express gratitude, no matter the scenario which called for gratitude, no matter to whom the thanks are due. Taking the time to express gratitude to God is worth doing on a regular basis.
Let’s take a closer look at the story of the healed leper who came back to express his gratitude. First, we have to imagine that all of the ten lepers who were healed through their encounter with Jesus were ecstatic. They had been living a life separated from their families and their friends, unable to draw near the community due to their contagious skin disease. Continue reading “Giving Thanks”