gratitude

How do we express gratitude and thanksgiving?

This Sunday we look at a story from Luke’s gospel that teaches us about gratitude and thanksgiving. The story is of ten lepers who are healed by Jesus, however only one returns to say ‘thank you.’

In response Jesus tells the former leper, who happens to be a Samaritan, “Your faith has made you well.”

It is interesting to note that the other nine do not return to say thank you, only the foreigner offers thanks. What is the connection between faith and wellness? How does our faith lead us to express gratitude?

Each week we express our gratitude when we sing the doxology after the offering is taken:

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Text: Luke 17: 11-19

Questions for Sunday

  • What are the different ways that you express gratitude in your life?
  • Why do you think only the Samaritan returned to offer thanks?

Prayer for Sunday

Gracious God, thank you for the good creation and all that you provide. You are the source of my gratitude and joy. Amen.