One day the Savior entered a village where there were ten lepers. Leprosy was a terrible, dreaded disease. These ten lepers came to the Savior and said, “Master, have mercy upon us; have mercy upon us who have that terrible ailment of leprosy.” And He said to the ten lepers, “Go visit your priest, and he will take care of you”—which they did. They went to see their priests, and they were cleansed, all ten of them. A short time later, one of them returned to the Savior and fell on his face and his hands and his knees, thanking the Savior for blessing him and making him well from that terrible disease. And the Savior said to that one man: “Weren’t there ten ? What has happened to the other nine? Where are they?” (See Luke 17:11–19.)
For so many of us, we go to the Lord in times of crisis and weep for assistance in our behalf. And surely, He pours His healing power into our hearts, and our souls; whatever the need may be. Certainly, we praise Him when the troubles pass and when our lives are set about again on a sure and steady course.
But when the crises pass, as they most often do, do we then shift from being the one who expresses gratitude to our Savior for what has been given to us, to the nine who fail to acknowledges and praise He from whom ALL blessings come?
David B. Haight taught: “It’s so easy in life for us to receive blessings, many of them almost uncounted, and have things happen in our lives that can help change our lives, improve our lives, and bring the Spirit into our lives. But we sometimes take them for granted. How grateful we should be for the blessings that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings into our hearts and souls. I would remind all of you that if we’re ever going to show gratitude properly to our Heavenly Father, we should do it with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength—because it was He who gave us life and breath. As that gratitude is magnified and developed and expanded, it can bless our hearts and our minds and our souls to where we’d like to continue to carry on and do those things that we are asked to do.” (Oct. 2002).
My challenge this week is to spend an extended amount of time in prayer, in order to better express my gratitude to my Heavenly Father and my Savior for all that I have been blessed with. Indeed I have been given much.