“Just to Say Thanks”

On September 23, Pastor Katy preaches on Luke 17:11-19.

11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16 He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

This Sunday begins our “Gratitude” campaign. For the next four Sundays we’ll delve into what it would look like to cultivate a practice of true gratitude in each of our daily lives. When asked, most people would say that they are grateful for what they have and that they experience deep gratitude on a regular basis, but in reality we are probably far more like the nine lepers than the one who returns to thank Jesus for healing him. In Luke 17, Jesus heals 10 lepers, and nine of those fail to return to thank Jesus. Do we take God’s gifts for granted, and how do we change that if we do? We just might find that our own joy and contentment stem far more from a sense of gratitude than from anything we possess.