05.20.2020 Devotional

05.20.2020 Devotional

Greetings Friends,

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Some seminary friends and I were on a short trip during Thanksgiving break. We pulled into a rest stop and headed off toward the restrooms, the ladies in one direction and the guys in the other direction. It was the day before Thanksgiving, so the rest stop was quite busy.

As we walked into the ladies room, we were surprised to see how sparkling clean it was. For a second, I caught a glimpse of a woman near another row of stalls. She was hard at work with a sponge and towel, cleaning the sinks and wiping down the doors of the stalls, even in the midst of the people walking in and out. She greeted everyone with kind words, though it seemed that most people ignored her.

It struck me that, while many women were at home preparing turkeys or traveling to visit family, she was doing a thankless job.

As I was washing my hands, I thought to myself, I should say something to her. When I looked up from the sink, she had disappeared. For a minute, I felt a sense of relief that I could avoid a possibly awkward interaction. But, I felt a nudging within me to go find her and express my thanks. My friends and I walked around the corner to the other side of the restroom and found her reloading her supply cart in a closet. I said to her, “I just wanted to thank you for doing such a great job cleaning this restroom. I really appreciate it.” My friends nodded in agreement.

A warm and curious smile spread across her face as she looked at me. I wondered if anyone ever thanked her for her care and for her diligent work.

Why is it that we often think thankful thoughts, but don’t express them with words?

Here’s the thing, if gratefulness rises up in our hearts, but never spills out of our mouths, we are only experiencing the beginnings of joy. Gratitude is only fully enjoyed when we share it with others.

Prayer

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Chronicles 16:8)

Pastor Denise

Prayer Requests:

  • All front line workers
  • Those living with no safety net of care
  • Congratulations to those graduating and our graduates who are moving into an uncertain present and future
  • Aho ~ Prayers as she moves into her new living space. Sumi Atkins ~ Home from the hospital and on medication
  • Boni Lenahan ~ Fell again this past week and is home. Doctor says she looks okay and nothing is broken.
  • Lois Brighten ~ Still at Mother Joseph's recovering from a car accident and wound.
  • Donna Brooke ~ At C & R room 216 will be getting back surgery in the near future.

Bea Aho's New Address:

2595 25th Loop SE

Lacey, WA 98503

 
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