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November 26 & 27, 2011
As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”LUKE 17:11-1 (NLT)
THE ONE WITH GRATITUDE
Taste and see that the Lord is good…PSALM 34:8
Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole worldknow what he has done…PSALM 105:1
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High.
It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening… PSALM 92:1-2
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened…ROMANS 1:2
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Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus…1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18
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I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength…PHILIPPIANS 4:12B-13
“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” DIETRICH BONHOEFFER
One Thousand Gifts Ann Voskamp
Thanks Dr. Robert Emmons
1. What are the differences you sense between thankfulness and gratitude?
2. On a scale of 1-5, how would you rate your awareness of goodness you are a recipient of? (1 = not at all; 5 = very aware)
3. At what point(s) in your life would you say you experienced gratitude the most? What contributed to that? Are you aware of God’s goodness in your life? Is God’s goodness directly related to your current state of physical comfort and happiness?
4. Read John 7:36-50. What does this story teach us about gratitude? What is the evidence of gratitude demonstrated in this passage?
TASK: For the next two weeks set aside five to ten minutes to write down or recall out loud all the good things you noticed happened. Try to think of specific good moments, thoughts, scenes, people, gifts, etc. Prayerfully thank God for them all. Then close your time remembering Eucharist and take communion. You could do this alone or with people you do life with.