Sunday Devotional: 'Where are the other 9?'

Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”

Are you one of the ungrateful nine?
Be the “leper” who says “Thank you,” for surely you have many, many things to be grateful for — that you are alive, to start, breathing in air, hearing the sound of a bird, tasting an apple, seeing the sun rise this morning . . . .
Eowyn's garden Sept. 2016
Some of the most miserable people I’ve met are people who are sour, entitled, unappreciative, and thankless. Study after study have found that gratitude, not money, is the key to being happy. Happy people tend to:

  • express gratitude on a regular basis;
  • practice being optimistic;
  • engage in frequent acts of kindness;
  • savor joyful events; and
  • practice forgiveness.

Despite our troubles, think of all the good things you have, and be grateful, because it’s all gratuitous. We didn’t “earn” any of it.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice always.
Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

And remember to tell God you love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength. It’s only proper, because —
Jesus loves us this much
Give thanks, and be joyful!
May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

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3 years ago

Eo, you’ve written many fine Devotionals, but for me this one is the best yet, as it truly both reminds and calls to me at the same time. And I LOVE buff-coloured roses, as they often have great fragrance w/minimum thorns!

3 years ago

This might be a good place to share an email reply I composed. A pastor friend sent out a link to a WND article about Mike Pence’s dropping out of yesterday’s Wisconsin appearance. Here’s what I wrote back to him: Doug, the hypocrisy this episode reveals is delicious in its breadth and depth. It’s not just that the whole system systematically covered for Bill Clinton’s massive list of real sexual crimes against God and women. It’s that almost all denizens of the establishment matrix know that the banter caught on tape is normative in the world they occupy. Additionally, Trump… Read more »

3 years ago

Thanks for the “Like,” Dr. E!


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3 years ago

God Bless

Tim Shey
3 years ago

Here is something on gratitude that I wrote back in 2010: Washing Dishes A year or two ago I was hitchhiking across the Navajo Indian Reservation in northeast Arizona and I got a couple of rides to Flagstaff. It was during the winter and it was going to get cold that night (maybe around 0 degrees F), so I stayed at a Christian mission in downtown Flagstaff. They have a well-run mission there. After 5 PM, one of the leaders would give a Gospel message and then we would have supper. After supper, we would shower and then go to… Read more »

3 years ago

Great article, Dr. Eowyn. Giving thanks in the midst of trouble is one of the most powerful weapons in our spiritual arsenal.

LA Ric
LA Ric
3 years ago
Reply to  TrailDust

And we certainly all need to be praying for Trump tonight.

3 years ago

Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
Have an attitude of gratitude.