Imagine being shipwrecked in the middle of a vast ocean with no one around. As the ship sinks around you, the hopelessness would be overwhelming. Then imagine a rescue ship comes to your aid- out of nowhere- and all the passengers are saved! Without that rescue ship, it was a guarantee there would be no survivors. They came to save you when hope was utterly lost, and they saved you when there was no way you could save yourself. Imagine the gratitude you would feel for your life, but also toward your rescuers!
In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus meets 10 lepers on his journey to Jerusalem. Leprosy is a disease with no cure, and in those days it meant they had to be completely separated from anyone who was “clean.” They were shunned in any city, and they were hopeless for healing. When they met Jesus, they asked him to heal them, and he did! What a miraculous rescue! The focus of the story then shifts to one of the ten who came back to Jesus after he was healed. This man came back to thank Jesus and to praise God for the rescue in his life. Look at Romans 5:6-11. Could the same be said of our lives as well?
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At dinner one night this week, have everyone brainstorm and discuss promises of God found in the Bible that we can be thankful for. Start with Romans 5:6-11. Praise the Lord together in prayer and conversation together that He has chosen to rescue us- even while we were still sinners! (Romans 5:8)
While driving in the car together this week, practice this month’s memory verses again (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Have everyone look out the windows to find things to be thankful for, and thank God together.
During bedtime this week, talk together with your child about specific stories in your lives of God’s rescue. Spend time praying together to specifically thank God for what He has done!
Before school one morning this week, challenge everyone in the family to thank at least 3 people for specific things throughout the day. Make the challenge for more than just a polite “thank you” to a full sentence clearly thanking someone for an action or help. For example, go outside and thank the postman for always bringing the mail straight to your box. Seek out those who have “thankless” positions, and show your appreciation!
Thank God for the healing He did and continues to do in your life. Thank Him for giving you the faith to believe in His saving work on the cross. Ask Him to help you be like the one leper, giving thanks to Him alone for what He has done.
Next week is Hero Sunday! We’ll be looking at the life of George Mueller and how he showed thankfulness throughout his life.
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