One Grateful Leper

Kristen Deede Johnson

READ : Luke 17:11-19

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. (v. 15)

I have to confess it: when I read this story, I identify more with the nine lepers who were healed but didn’t stop to thank Jesus than with the one leper who did. More often than I’d like to admit, I have prayed and prayed for something, but when I’ve received it I’ve failed to take the time to specifically thank God, the giver of all good gifts.

In this story ten lepers begged Jesus to have mercy upon them. Jesus directed them to go see the priests and then he healed them while they were following his directions. I’m certain that all ten lepers were overjoyed at this life-changing miracle. I can imagine their minds racing and their hearts leaping as they realized they’d be able to rejoin society and as they made their plans. “The first thing I’m going to do is . . . and then I’ll . . . and then . . .”

I wish I could say that the first thing I’d have done was to turn back, fall at Jesus’ feet, and thank him for his mercy. I hope that today Jesus, in his mercy, will help me become like the one leper whose first response was to thank God.

PRAYER

Lord, please help us so that our first response will always be to thank you.