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.
I am not sure I have ever been as thankful for anything as the man in today's reading. I have certainly not ever thrown myself at someone's feet to thank them. Maybe you can think of something that you might have had that kind of reaction to. However it does make me think about everything that God has done for me and how I show my thanks to him. Maybe it is different for you, but I often find that I take many of God's gifts for granted. I have grown up knowing that God loves me and has given his son to die for my sins and yet, so often, this reality becomes a trivial afterthought on a daily basis. It can be easy to go from Sunday to Sunday without being reminded or made aware of the lengths God has gone to in order to rescue you from eternal death and judgement. We are too focussed on the tangible and material things in our life to stop and consider the eternal and spiritual things. Yet even with these material things, we don't think to thank God because we feel as though we deserve them. We have worked hard to earn an income, own a home or pay the rent, fill the car with fuel, have food to eat. Yet all these things are also gifts from God. Modern psychology is discovering more and more benefits to living with gratitude. Let's take time this week to recognise and give thanks for all that God gives us every day.
Heavenly Father, please help me to recognise all that you have given me. Grant me an attitude of gratitude and help me to give thanks and praise to you for everything that you have done. Amen