READ: Luke 17:11-19



“Come before Him with thankful hearts.  Let us sing hymns of praise. “

Psalm 95:2 (Living Bible)


The gift of salvation--the joy of a personal relationship with our Lord -- what a magnificent gift!  Yet how often do really thank our Lord for what He did to make it possible?  Is our lack of sincere appreciation for this gift like that of the response of the ten lepers after being healed by Christ?  Only one returned to express gratitude.  The thoughts of other nine seemed to be focused on what their miraculous healing meant to them personally rather than remembering the One who made their healing possible.  Are we sometimes guilty of the same lack of gratitude?  Is our attitude reflected in the words of this anonymous poem?


   I meant to go back, but you may guess I was filled with amazement; I cannot express
   To think that after those horrible years, that passion of loathing and passion of fears,
   Of sores unendurable--eaten, defiled--my flesh was as smooth as the flesh of a child.
   I was drunk with joy; I was crazy with glee; I scarcely could walk and I scarcely could see,
   For the dazzle of sunshine where all had been black; but I meant to go back, Oh, I meant to go back!
   I had thought to return, when people came out; there were tears of rejoicing and laughter and shout;
   my cup was so full I seemed nothing to lack! But 1 meant to go back, Oh, I meant to go back!     --Unknown