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Luke 17:11-19, "Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. 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.

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.

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.'"

All of our life is a provision of God's hands.

From our waking moments to our eyes closing in sleep -

and all of our blessings and opportunities in-between.

Out of all the many gifts we have,

the greatest gift is the amazing grace of our salvation.

Less deep than our salvation, we are blessed with such freedoms in our countries, which were far from free. Less deep than our freedoms, we are blessed with so much provision that we often no longer recognize that it is, in fact, provision.

A person who is freezing, will find themselves quickly thankful for a simple blanket and even more thankful for a fire or heat.

A person who is truly hungry will find themselves quickly thankful for even a small piece of food and even more thankful for a full meal.

A person who lacks shelter will find themselves quickly thankful for even a thin roof or two out of four walls to block heat and wind, and even more thankful for a tiny apartment or a shared room.

A person who has a disease that blocks them from taking full breaths later in life will find themselves remembering the freedom to take in as much air as they desired so easily in the past.

A person who is now alone will find themselves thankful for even the memories of once being surrounded, as their mind travels to the past, reliving moments and longing for years gone and opportunities missed.

A person living with daily pain longs for a day without discomfort and is thankful for any relief found from the aching. I know someone who prays for "just one day" without pain and I will never again take for granted my days without pain, as I hear her wish for alleviation each time I see her.

It is mindboggling how quickly we become thankful

once we experience what it is to live without.

2 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

Let me share why I am so blessed.

*My teens never fail to hug me as I walk out the door for work. *My son often walks me to the car, offering me one last hug, even in the early, dark hours of the morning. *My daughter is a hard worker and helps with cooking, cleaning and driving her brother. *I have a safe place to live - shelter - and am able to work to cover the cost. *I have multiple pairs of shoes and, as those shoes wear out from use, I am able to get another pair. *I have food to take with me to work and food to feed my teens at home. *I have means to cook our food. *I have heat when I get cold, and I have air when I get hot. *I have a working car that is paid off, and the ability to drive it. *I have the freedom to open my Bible wherever I'm at and find encouragement and strength. *I have been educated to read it. *Although I have pain at times, I know many more moments without pain than I do moments with pain. *I have clothing to wear, work clothes and other clothes. *I can hear and I can see and I can walk and I can feel and I can breathe without restriction. *I have friends. *I have a future. *And I have a purpose. *I have unconditional love offered me by Christ Jesus and God my Father. *I have the comfort of the Holy Spirit. *I have a promise of heaven that I refuse to let go of for the pleasures or conveniences of this world. *I have the privilege of being called a child of God and the ability to share the hope of the Lord with others.


Since God has blessed me so much, what does God ask of me, if anything?


"To whom much is given, much is required." Luke 12:48

It is God’s will for us that we give back to others what we have received from God.

The results of our blessings should be the ability to give to others from what we have.

We might not be able to give monetarily or of possessions, but we have time and we have the Good News of the Gospel of Christ and, often, that is what people need the most.

God requires us to give back.

We don't live for ourselves alone.

And we don't live on past works that we have done.

We live presently

and are asked to give presently of the witness and love and grace given us.

We are not our own. But we often act like it.

"For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone.

If we live, we live for the Lord;

and if we die, we die for the Lord.

So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life

so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister?

Or why do you treat them with contempt?

For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.

It is written: ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me;

every tongue will acknowledge God.’

So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God."

Remember also, the words the Lord Jesus, Who said:

It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ - Acts 20:35.

As we step into another Thanksgiving holiday, let us not be condemned by the words of the Bible that remind us of the areas that we fall short - let us, instead, be inspired by them. Knowing that we are not our own and remembering the many blessings that we have are stepping stones to getting to where God really wants us to be.

"All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

"I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness;

I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High."

"I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.

I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together."

"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

'They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.'

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else."

Ten lepers encountered Jesus. Jesus cleansed all ten lepers so that they could be among society and their families again. Only one out of the ten returned to Jesus upon figuring out that he was clean. Only that one out of the ten returned to praise God and give thanks. And the Bible says that he was made whole. And he was a Samaritan.

I think sometimes, those of us who have known Christ for a long while, know what it is to be loved and cared for by the Father and what it is to be saved and made whole by the sacrifice of Jesus. And that can cause us to take for granted the provision given to us daily. In our abundance, let us not lose sight of gratitude. because ingratitude is such a common sin. We truly have so many reasons to be thankful.


"Lord, let me always be the one out of the ten.

Let me always praise You for my blessings. I am so blessed!

Let me be thankful for each year of life that I have and let me give each day back to You by living each day as a reflection of Jesus and leading others to the Giver of living water.

Lord, I thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins. I thank You for the lifesaving Word You have given me. Thank You for constantly providing for us. May I use my blessings to encourage, uplift and help others - as well as share the truth of the kingdom with those who haven't yet heard or need guidance like I once did and still do. I praise You. In Jesus' Name. Amen."

Happy Thanksgiving.


Sarah Jane

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