"For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Luke tells the story of 10 lepers, who begged Jesus for healing. Jesus responded with compassion. He told them to go and show themselves to the priests. On their way to the Temple, they felt the disease leaving their bodies. They were healed!
One of them turned around and returned to Jesus. Praising God with a loud voice, he threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Where not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give thanks to God except this foreigner?"
There's an old saying: "As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in school." Likewise, as long as there are hardships in life, there will be prayer in the world. But how about during the good times? How about during the times of good health and bountiful harvest?
The reality is - all people (atheists and agnostics included) pray in times of need. On the other hand, few people (Christians included) pray in times of plenty.
Thanksgiving is a beautiful day. Friends, let's make it a lifestyle. Let's be people who pray and praise without ceasing, who worship and give thanks in all times and seasons.
We have so many reasons to give thanks. I hope to see y'all this Sunday for worship (9 AM, 11 AM). We'll finish up our series, "The Pursuit of Happiness." - Pastor Caleb