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14/07/2022 03:00 - 15/07/2022 02:00

"I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever" - Psalm 86:12 (NIV). 

The story is told that once Jesus met ten lepers. They had been bitten with one of the most feared disease around- an infection caused by a slow-growing bacteria. Left untreated (and there was no cure then) leprosy could end up affecting the nerves, skin, eyes, nose; leaving one all bent and mangled up. In those days a leper had to be isolated for fear of infecting the healthy. One can therefore imagine the weight these lepers were carrying.

Now, when these ten men met Jesus, of course, "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' (Luke 17: 12-14).

After that a strange thing happened, though it is not that unusual. "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" (vv 15-16). This was some movie. So, "Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?  Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well" (vv 17 -19).

How strange! Maybe the other nine men were too ectastic to think of returning back to thank Jesus! The weight finally taken off their back, they couldn't pause to acknowledge and thank the one who had led to their healing. Bigger things on their mind. But that just doesn't sell! Let's imagine one was infected again, so then, what is the next move...having long forgotten your once deliverer!

This simple story teaches us to be ever grateful. Let us never tire to be grateful in all walks of life but mostly for the good things the Lord has done for us!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I thank you for the gift of salvation and all the blessings upon my life, that I may ever be grateful to you, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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