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Saying "Thank You!"


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Dishes clanged as my husband and son loaded the dishwasher. Smells of garlic bread hung in the air as I poured the remaining meatballs and sauce into the glass container. After clearing the table, my daughter looked at me and said, "Mom, thank you for making supper for us."


A simple sentence that melted my heart.


Preparing supper is a daily chore that my family expects, yet my daughter's gratitude refreshed my soul. Someone appreciated what I did. Not that I do things for that reason, but it encouraged me.


In my hectic day, how often do I say, "Thank you?"


If I was completely honest, my family would tell you that criticizing comes easier than complimenting for me. I need to dish out more gratitude throughout my day.


In the Bible, Jesus healed ten lepers.


Men isolated from their families and friends and ostracized from their community. Sore-infested individuals longing to be healed and yelling to Jesus for attention.


Jesus saw and healed them, but only one of the ten came back to say, "Thank you."


Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Luke 17:17-18 NIV


Would we have gone back to thank Jesus?


Speaking gratitude only takes a few seconds, but it speaks volumes about our hearts.

As we go about our days, may we not forget to say, "Thank you."

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