Giving Thanks

In today's Gospel, Jesus tells the Samaritan who had been healed (and us):

“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.”

Sometimes life gets so busy, so full--of good things and of troubling things--that it's easy to forget to say thank you. Thank you to our loving creator for the gift of life itself. Thank you to Jesus for healing, love, and hope. Thank you to the Spirit for keeping us company, challenging us when needed and comforting us always. Thank you the people in our lives who help us to be better people, stand with us in our struggles, celebrate joys. Thanksgiving is coming up in two weeks, but trite as it sounds, everyday should be Thanksgiving Day.

I'm back at work this week trying to catch up after a few days back east with my Dad, who I'm happy to say is slowly on the mend. It's easy to get caught up in all the important things that need to be done and lose sight of what really matters. So, I must say, I needed to read this Gospel message today.

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