Monday, March 22: Praising God in a loud voice

Read Luke 17:11-19


The last days of Jesus' earthly life are filled with significant events and teachings. During these weeks leading up to Easter, we'll travel with Jesus toward Jerusalem and his crucifixion, marveling at his determination to finally fulfill his destiny as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Read Luke 17:11-19

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"

When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed.

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.

Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."



It's obvious that these ten men knew who Jesus was and believed that he could heal them of the horrible disease that defined their lives. Yet only one of them—perhaps the most unlikely because he was a Samaritan—expressed his overwhelming gratitude and joy for the healing he had received.


Sometimes we can lose perspective on the richness of God's generosity and goodness, taking it for granted and forgetting to be thankful. Take a few moments to pause and express your thanks to God for some of the blessings he's poured into your life today.



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