FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK

“Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed?  Where are the other nine?  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  Luke 17:17-18

Martha Noebel writes: “One day, my daughter asked me to clean a special outfit for her to wear to school the next day.  I took the time and made sure it was ready for her.  As is sometimes the way with busy teens, she did not say thank you.  When I mentioned it to her, she seemed surprised.  She felt it was my job as her mother to have her clothes ready.  I was really hurt.  I was expecting a thank you.”
 
Jesus seems to express the same feelings as Martha Noebel in his words from the gospel of Luke.  Jesus had just healed ten men who had leprosy, a disease that kept them separated and isolated from their family and friends.  But of those ten men, only one, a Samaritan, came back, threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.  Jesus was expecting a thank you from the other nine Jewish men who had also been healed, but they must have felt that as the Son of God it was Jesus’ job to heal them.

I believe God feels the same way about us whenever we forget to stop and thank him for all He does for us each day.  God expects to receive a thank you for all the many blessings that He gives to us.  And yet there are times when we act like that teenage girl or those lepers and feel that it’s God’s job to provide for us.
 
As you participate in our nation’s holiday of Thanksgiving, let me remind you that as a Christian, every day is to be Thanksgiving. Our great God gives you so many blessings: furnishing food, clothing and shelter for your needs, allowing you to live in a wonderful country with a multitude of freedoms, providing you with family, friends and a loving church as well as delivering you from sin and death through the gift of His Son, Jesus. So be sure to take some time out of every day to say thank you to Almighty God for the great job He does taking care of you.  

In Christ’s love,
 

Pastor Steve