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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Are We Grateful Lepers?

In this holiday season, there are many things we should be thankful for, especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner. I can think of many blessings which the Lord has blessed me with. For one, my family. Other blessings include: the gift of the Atonement, the scriptures, the gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ, temples, the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation, the prophets, and other spiritual blessings. The Lord has also blessed me with many temporal things: money to provide for food and other groceries, neat and comely clothes, a roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, and a coat to keep me warm.

Do we always fall at the feet of
Christ in thanks of all of our
blessings?
There is a story in the New Testament that demonstrates the principle of thanks-giving. While walking through Samaria and Galilee, Christ went into a certain village where He came across ten men who were stricken with leprosy. They all cried to Him saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." Christ, being the kind and loving one that He is, told the lepers to go and show themselves to the priests, and as they did they were healed.

The scriptures say there was one, when he realized he was no longer cursed with leprosy, turned back and glorified God, falling down at Christ's feet to give Him thanks. Just as a side note, this man was also a Samaritan.

When Christ saw there was only one man who had returned to give thanks, He asked, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?" He then says the others who were healed were not found giving thanks to God, except for the man at his feet. Christ then said to the man, "Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole."

Often times we tend to petition our Heavenly Father through prayer for blessings we desire. Sometimes our prayers and desires may be good-hearted and sincere. However, more often than not, once God blesses us with what we prayed for we do not stop to thank Him for the blessings we receive.

So which of the healed lepers are we? Are we the one man who comes back to thank the Lord? Or are we the other nine which run off and forget the Lord after He blesses us?

Let us show our gratitude to those who give us gifts or who help us in our lives. Be especially grateful to our Heavenly Father who loves us and watches over us to protect us. He provides for us in more ways than we can imagine.


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