Daily Worship

Gratitude is commended

Norah Summers October 09, 2022 0 1
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Luke 17: 11-19 (NRSVA)

11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ 14 When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16 He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ 19 Then he said to him, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.’

In the last month I have experienced three healing events, none of my conditions serious, but needing medical attention anyway.

First my dental bridge fell out – three front teeth. Attempting to Thing Hothanna in church gave my fellow-choir members much amusement.

I had prompt attention from my dentist, and can now smile again.

The very next day I had a call from the hospital to say there was a cancellation and could I attend next week for my cataract surgery? I could, and that was duly accomplished. Then it was time for the Covid/flu jag appointment.

Am I grateful? You bet.

I am also mindful that If I did not live where I do, when I do, perhaps none of this would have been possible.

In Jesus’ day there was no medical treatment for so many conditions that afflicted people. Only the occasional miracle. Are not modern advances, research and ingenuity, quite miraculous themselves? Is not our beleaguered NHS worthy of our gratitude? Everyone I encountered was calm, efficient, courteous and kind. I am so grateful.




Loving God,


I thank you for healing.


Thank you for the scientists and research workers,

doctors, nurses and carers

who look after us,

who find new ways to combat disease,

who give their time, expertise and care.


It is painful to think

that this care cannot yet extend to everyone in the world.


Dear God,

may our gratitude give us concern for all your people

in places where healing is so badly needed,

and enable us to do what we can

to support those who work to make a difference.