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Thanksgiving and a Grateful Heart Published: Sunday, November 26, 2006 By: Dr. Manuel Ńngel Morales

There is very profound passage in the Bible (Luke 17:15-16), where one of those who the Lord helped came back and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving thanks.  And he was a Samaritan.

Giving thanks, expressing gratitude is foundational to the Christian life, and it is always a sign of a healthy character.  Thankfulness is a conscious and sincere response that comes from looking beyond our blessings to their source.  As Christians, we have been forgiven, saved from death, and adopted as Godís children.  There could be no better reason for a grateful heart.  Forever thankful to you Lord!

Ten lepers encountered Jesus and they implored Him to show them mercy.  Jesus sent them to the priest and as they obeyed, they were healed.  Only one of the lepers, a Samaritan, stopped and ran back to thank Jesus.  Ten lepers were healed and they rushed to share the good news with those they loved.  But only one considered the Source of that blessing and stopped to thank and worship the one who had given him back his life.

So in this thanksgiving week I want to confess that I have been healed and made whole by the Savior, and I am free to enjoy the abundant life that He has graciously given me.  I donít want to be like the nine lepers, to rush off so quickly to glory in my blessing, but I want to stop on a daily basis to thank God.  I worship the Source.

God has given me many gifts in times and ways that constitute huge miracles.  His blessings have come in the midst of my everyday life like a supporting telephone call in the middle of a busy morning, a recognition letter at the end of a hard day, achieving something that it was to difficult to get, and protecting me always of any harm.  At many times I have received the visit of a friend to help me when I have been overwhelmed, the consistent support of my wife, my children, my parents, my family and my friends when occasions of need.  God is my keeper and my right hand.

Today, I want to publicly acknowledge that Godís blessings have come to me in spectacular ways and in ordinary ways in my life.  They have come when I needed them the most, providing me with strong evidence of His great love for me and my crew.  Thus, I want to share a secret.  When you walk close with de Lord, blessing will come, regardless of whether you seek them.  Blessing will also come to those around you.

Please, dear readers, be alert.  Do not take Godís blessings for granted.  Always thanks God for His continuing love, and be fully awake to recognize the next time when His blessing overtake, as is for me in this pleasant AA flight 1550 from San Juan to Miami.  God looks for our thanks.

Our worship, prayers, service, work and daily life should be saturated with thanksgiving to God.  Lord, many thanks for so many blessing.  I love you.


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