In the Gospel story of Jesus and the ten Lepers Luke 17-11-14 it is an interesting thought to contemplate.
All were told to ‘show themselves to the Priests’ for clarification of their healing so they could once more become absorbed into their ordinary life and group.
One came back and faced the One Who healed him and gave thanks and worshipped HIM. This one person was a gentile and his thank you gave him the certain focus and heart attitude to acknowledge the Giver of the Gift and not just the joy of being healed and returning to normality. He was a Samaritan.
This gentile maybe (there is no record of him in the future) may have discovered by showing gratitude that healing of his body was a wonderful thing, but healing of his soul by encountering or looking into the face of the Messiah had eternal benefits.
Are we showing gratitude for ALL that Christ has done for us?
I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions.
I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
“Looking into the face of the Messiah…” What a beautiful image to put into action in our own prayer time with the Lord. Hugs to you Faye for such a beautiful reminder.