More than any other people, Christ followers have a reason to be thankful. We have been given much in Christ and have much to be thankful for. Gratitude comes from a heart that has acknowledged dependence. We are needy people who depend Christ for everything that we have. The life we lead in response to this truth should be one of gratitude. Often we are tempted to let our pain and hurts define us. But as we live a life empowered by gratitude towards God, it allows us to be thankful no matter what is going on in our lives. Of the ten lepers only the one Samaritan returned to thank Jesus. This man did not seek a private moment with Jesus to express his gratitude. Instead he screamed praise and thanksgiving to God so everyone could hear. Not only was this person an unclean leper, but he was also an unclean Samaritan. Jesus’ response lets us know that it was only the Samaritan who returned. Jesus’ statement that the man’s faith had made him well indicates that the Samaritan received more than physical healing that day. As Christ followers, it is essential that we maintain and thankful heart of gratitude towards God in all circumstances for what He has done in our lives

PRAYER – Thank God for His gift to you in Jesus Christ. Pray that God would help us to cultivate hearts of gratitude, not only during the holiday season but daily. Ask God that in whatever situations come our way we may be a people who are consistently marked by gratitude to God.