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Thought & Prayer for Proper 23 & Ordinary 28, 2010 – Luke 17:14-16

Luke 17:14-16When [Jesus] saw [the ten lepers], he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. He was a Samaritan.

The Samaritan is the only one of the ten who shows his appreciation for the healing he was granted. This passage reminds each of us to adopt an attitude of gratitude for those around us and for God.

Prayer: Patient God, you offer us so much, yet so often you get so little from us in return. Give us more grateful hearts. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 23 & Ordinary 28, 2010 – 2 Kings 5:13-14

2 Kings 5:13-14 But [Naaman’s] servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said was, ‘Wash and be clean’?” So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God [Elisha]; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

Naaman thought the rivers in his country superior so bathing in the Jordan River seemed to be an unlikely treatment. In this day of nearly unlimited access to both good and bad health information, we have to be prepared to accept that sometimes the treatment for what is ailing us is relatively simple…a change in diet or adding more exercise to our daily regimen are but two examples.

Prayer: Steadfast God, keep us mindful of the ways we can impact our own health in positive ways. AMEN.


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