Day 3: Thy Kingdom Come – Thanks

DAILY NOVENA – THANKS

LOOK…and be curious.

WAIT… with prayerful expectation.

Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.

READ… the text with an open mind.

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.” (Luke 17:11-19)

LISTEN… for a word with a willing heart.

RESPOND… with prayer and action.

Oh God of pity and of the pitiful, help us to recognise ourselves in this story and to weigh the gratitude in our hearts. As we throw ourselves at your feet, heal us, and be a wellspring of thankfulness rising up in us for change and transformation.
Amen.

THOUGHT

There are two ways to live life. 

One way is to live as if we’re owed it all, that we deserve everything good that comes our way, and that anything bad we receive is an unfair mistake.
The other way is to see it all as a gift.
Everything around us seems to hardwire us to believe we deserve it. All of it: education, fun times, money, respect, friendship, love. But deep down, we know it’s a lie. We know we don’t deserve it any more than anyone else.
Thankfully, God doesn’t work in terms of ‘deserve’. He doesn’t give people what they’ve earned.
Instead, he gives gifts. It’s all an utter gift. Your health. Your friends. Your family. Your future. His love for you. Everything. Gift. Gift. Gift.
And knowing that, the response from us shouldn’t be living like we deserve it, but being thankful.
How might today be different if you chose to see all these gifts for what they are, and be thankful?
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