2016-07-16 - The Ten Lepers
Updated from 2011-06-18
In Luke 17:11-19, we find the story of ten lepers and their encounter with Jesus. In Biblical times, those with leprosy were considered unclean, and were separated from contact with the rest of the people. Lepers were shunned. So, when Jesus passed by, these men were anxious to see him. They shouted, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us.” (Luke 17:13) Jesus responded by telling them to show themselves to the priests, and on their way, they were cleansed.
How did these ten lepers respond to their miraculous healing? “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-for he was a Samaritan.” (Luke 17:15-16)
Since I was diagnosed with the paralyzing Guillain-Barre Syndrome in January, we have had more than our share of challenges and difficulties. But we have also found things for which to be thankful. Some, Jan has mentioned in her earlier devotional; others include sings of progress, as well as continuing accurate info from our doctors - which has helped us, as we know what to expect. They told us the upper body would likely recover before the feet, and that has turned out to be true. I still can't feel my feet, but as we await GBS releasing my feet, we are thankful we can afford the medical supplies needed, in the meantime. We're also thankful for my knowledgeable Physical Therapist. This PT is not at all like normal PT; it doesn't speed recovery, even if you do it 24/7. Guillain-Barre has to "let go," and it can't be rushed. But it does prepare muscles for when that occurs. Again we are thankful for the accurate predictions and information from the neurologists.
So, what about the other nine? Jesus wondered why they had not returned. Were they not thankful?
How do we respond when God blesses us? Do we take time to give thanks? Do we acknowledge the source of our blessing?
Richard Moser, Jr