“And he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.” ( Luke 17:16 , RSV )
The other night friends of ours entertained five foreign students in their home and provided them a meal from their own culture. These students are from Africa and have really felt "left out" since coming to America. The evening was so reviving for them, and they enthusiastically expressed their gratitude.
A distinguished German lady went to a village during World War II to buy potatoes from a "lowly" farmer. He was a Christian and sold the potatoes to her without charging the inflationary black market price. She was so very grateful and invited him into her home regularly to learn from him. She became a Christian and spent her remaining years serving others. We were always amazed at her continual expressions of gratitude and unselfishness toward others. She, like the nameless Samaritan and millions of others gifted with this virtue of gratitude, was truly a hero.
The Samaritan leper was "one of those foreigners," and yet he provided the heroic example for all ages. Gratitude crosses all racial, ethnic and national lines. Thank God for nameless heroes who inspire us to show gratitude!
Dear Father of gifts, forgive us when we forget to say "thank You" for the countless blessings we enjoy daily! In Jesus' name. Amen.
- H. GLENN BOYD, Searcy, Arkansas