Celebrate Lent – Day 34

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Today’s Scripture:    Luke 17: 15-16

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him, and he was a Samaritan.

Read Luke Chapter 17

Gratitude or Indebtedness

Why do some experience gratitude more easily than others? Surely the nine other lepers were thankful they had been healed, but Luke tells us that only one, a Samaritan, returned to praise God and thank Jesus. What is the difference in feeling in debt versus feeling gratitude? Often when in debt, we avoid the one we owe something to, we feel in bondage, our freedom restricted, under obligation to make repayment.  Gratitude can be experienced when aid is deemed valuable to the recipient, costly to the benefactor and given with benevolent intent. Gratitude motivates the recipient to seek out the benefactor, to develop closer relationship with the one who has sacrificed on our behalf.

As Christians, what should our response be to the gift of salvation we have received through Jesus Christ?  “Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.”  Albert Schweitzer

Prayer Starter

Lord – Forgive me for any ungratefulness for the forgiveness of a debt I could never repay.

– Dr. John Doty, Executive Director, Austin Samaritans

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