yes it really does.
We live in a nation where everyone is on the pursuit of happiness, and the most popular form of pursuing happiness is through the accumulation of “things”. Materialism though is bought at a cost. For a society that feels entitled to what it receives it doesn’t seem to adequately express gratitude. Even relationships are viewed as disposable in our day and age.
Perhaps the most famous instance of ingratitude in history is found in the New Testament gospel of Luke. Jesus heals ten lepers of their physical disease and in so doing of their social stigma. These ten lepers were pronounced clean of their condition and were no longer social outcasts. Being brought back from near death, you’d think they’d be overwhelmingly grateful, right? But only one came back to express thanksgiving for being healed. Jesus knew that only one would come back to express thankfulness but he still asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” The parable reminds us of just how common ingratitude is and how easy it is to take blessings for granted.
A year ago, my children and I were traveling to Alabama to spend Thanksgiving with family. Our first Thanksgiving without Chris. It was a hard Thanksgiving to be thankful. It was hard to see all that we did have in spite of the loss we were experiencing. Now 18 months later the list of things I have to be thankful for is long. It was long then, I just couldn’t see it. It’s even longer now. I have found many times, in the midst of difficult grieving that an attitude of thankfulness heals. It puts things in perspective. It causes you to look outside of yourself. It causes you to look to Christ and it causes you to care for others.
I know many will be suffering this holiday season. Try Thankfulness. It heals, it really does. Those of you that are walking beside those who are suffering…be an example of Thankfulness, it spreads and it heals. ” Just as gratitude is the queen of virtues, ingratitude is the king of vices.”
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I Thessalonians 5:18
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