And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan» (Luke 17:15, 16).
It’s not that Jesus was offended or that He had worked the miracle with the hope of getting something back, but His questions, as usual, was designed to teach a lesson. Only one of the ten lepers He had healed returned to thank Him.
Nine lives completely transformed, restored to normality, to their families, and to the dignity they had lost. And yet, none of them returned to thank their Maker for the wonderful miracle. Only one. Only the foreigner, who had been doubly despised by all. Jesus demonstrated that he had removed him from the scorn of leprosy and also from the discrimination because of his nationality. The least he could do was thank Him, and he did so bowing at His feet, his face to the ground.
How many times a day do we bow down in recognition of the One who bestows upon us so many blessings, which we so often take for granted?
I remember that when I was a child my mom would often hold a Week of Prayer for the children in the different churches we visited. The theme was usually Gratitude. Each day of the week, we thanked God for His love, with songs, Bible stories, and stories from modem times, reminding us of the importance of Gratitude, which is all too often overlooked.
When I was in sixth grade, I asked my teacher if I could present that Week of Prayer for my classmates. For the whole week we spent our Bible classes focusing on the lessons I had learned so well when I was small.
But as I grew up I notice that many times I myself fall into the same attitude as the nine lepers who had been healed.
I’d like to suggest making a list of things that you are grateful for. Pray and thank God for each one of them, mentioning them specifically. Tell others about them, and find a way to always keep them in mind.
There is a well-kown hymn called «Count Your Blessings.» The versions that I like best are one by Sebastian Demrey in English, one by Arautos do Rei in Portuguese («Conte as béngäos”, with its video clip), and the original version in French, «Compte les bienfaits. »
Try listening to them today. Write up your list, and kneel before Jesus, who came to visit us and to restore us…no matter where we are from.