Ten Percent Thankful

November 26, 2017 

Pastor Paul is preaching.

Luke 17:11-19


I hear it all the time around Thanksgiving. 

Those who are seeking to be true to the spirit of the holiday beckoning those around them to “remember to be thankful” this time of year.  Some even take on the practice of proclaiming a number of things in their lives that they are thankful for, either in their personal reflections or on social media, all to ensure the holiday maintains its sacred purpose.  I can’t help but ask myself, “Why do we need to remember to be thankful?  If thankful is something that we ARE rather than just something we DO, shouldn’t it be a natural part of our day to day, a sentiment well entrenched in our hearts?”  Of the ten lepers Jesus healed in Luke 17, only one returned to express gratitude.  Only one paused in the midst of receiving a mighty blessing to acknowledge the source of that mighty blessing.  What about us?  Are we truly thankful?  Let’s consider together the true meaning of Thankgiving.