We come to our special place of prayer in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Listen to this story about being thankful and about forgiveness:
In Luke's gospel we read (Luke 17:11-19)
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, 'Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!' When he saw them, he said to them, 'Go and show yourselves to the priests.' And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, 'Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?' Then he said to him, 'Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.'
Jesus invites us to be aware of the gifts we have been given by our families, our friends, and our God. It is easy to think that we deserve such things or forget to say thank-you for all that others give to us and do for us. We can all be like the one leper who came back to Jesus to say thank-you when we look at all we have which could disappear in the blink of an eye or in a tornado, a fire, a hurricane or some other kind of accident.
Ask yourself – am I thankful for all that has been given to me by my family, friends, and God? Or do I make myself the centre of everything, always wondering what others can do for me or give to me?
Let us pray:
Loving God, open our eyes to see that all we have are gifts from You and others.
Open our hearts to be people who are thankful for everything
And show this thankfulness through our words and actions.
We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
We go to continue our day with thankful hearts in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.