11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?
Yesterday we thought about how the one who thanked Jesus did just what needed to be done, give thanks. But what about the other nine? Why didn’t they give thanks? Maybe their experience of this miraculous healing had completely overwhelmed and distracted them – I’d understand that! Maybe life just got busy, no doubt there was a lot to do to get back to normal life back in normal community again. Maybe they simply didn’t think. There can be so many reasons for not getting around to saying thank you for what God does for us. Sometimes we don’t realise he is responsible, or maybe we just get so used to him being at work that we no longer appreciate it. Developing a habit of saying thank you, however, so we just do it without thinking, and looking out for things to say thank you for is such a good attitude to develop. It’s good for us and it’s good for God and those we thank.
What have you to say thank you for today?