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Did you forget something?

“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.” Luke 17:15-16

Do you ever get that nagging feeling that you forgot something? You rack your brain for what it could be but it just doesn’t come to mind. I can be forgetful too. More often than not, my forgetfulness has to do more with being thankful than with tangible items.

In today’s scripture taken from Luke 17:11-19, we read about ten lepers. They found out Jesus was coming and knew He could heal. The ten lepers called out in a loud voice as Jesus walked by. The lepers wanted Jesus to have pity on them.

Lepers were separated from the community because they were declared unclean. But, that was about to change.

Jesus responded.

Jesus immediately responds to them. He told the lepers to go show themselves to the priest according to the custom of the day. I love how Jesus asked the ten lepers to step out in faith. Jesus asked them to go anyway even though they weren’t yet healed. And as they went, the ten lepers experienced healing.

Can you imagine how these men must have felt? They were completely healed from leprosy! The text does not tell us how long these men had leprosy. But we know from the laws of the day that these men haven’t been touched by another human since they were declared unclean. The priest will declare them clean so they can hug their family again. What joy must have filled their hearts!

What is the response?

As the story continues, we read that one man came back to Jesus to thank Him. He knew the source of His healing and wanted to recognize what Jesus did. Jesus honored his faith and responded “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Jesus also wondered where the other nine men were.

Did you forget something?

Every time I read this story, I wonder why the other nine lepers didn’t return to thank Jesus. If I was able to sit down with them, I would ask “Did you forget something? Do you remember how you got healed?”

Maybe they were just too excited to tell others that they forgot about Jesus. Or maybe they didn’t believe it themselves and needed more proof? I do not know what the reason was that the nine lepers didn’t thank Jesus.

I have learned a lot from this story. It challenges me. How often have I been exactly like those nine lepers? There have been so many times I pray about something and it has been answered. And yet, I have not gone back to thank Jesus. I desire for this to change. My life needs to be one of gratitude even for the little things.

I am so thankful for God’s love and grace to help me in this journey. God is so worthy of all my praise and gratefulness. I choose to live my life in a way that reflects this.

Heavenly Father, You are so good! Thank You for caring about every detail of my life. Thank You for the healing that You bring in my life. I long to be more grateful. Please open my eyes and help me to see You more.  May my first response always be one of praise. I love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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