November 26, 2017
I was drawn this week to a story in the Bible that has both a happy and tragic ending at the same time. Jesus comes upon a man who has been an invalid, who for 38 years has been discarded, unnoticed, and uncared for. His hope had been in the healing properties of a pool of water that was always beyond his reach. Jesus not only noticed him, but learned of his condition, took time to listen to him, and then cured him. (John 5:1-15) After 38 years the man is standing, walking, free!
The tragedy of the story lies in what happens, or rather what doesn’t happen next: Not a single “thank you”. No gratitude expressed, no appreciation given to Jesus for the life-changing gift he’d been given. Later the same day the man has a second encounter with Jesus in the temple, a second chance to give thanks, again not a word. How sad.
Saying thank you to God is a form of worship that not only acknowledges God, but also magnifies him in our lives. When a spirit of thanksgiving exists, grumbling and complaining cannot. When a spirit of thanksgiving is present, self-centeredness is not. When is the last time you took time to thank God for the gifts of your life? Regardless of your circumstances, there are always blessings for which we have reason to say “Thank You” to God.