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Giving Thanks After the Trial January 19, 2011

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You’ve come through the fiery trial. Now what?
Fiery trials are no fun. But, they serve a great purpose. Someone once told me that trials are like speed bumps in a parking lot. They are not much fun, but they cause us to slow down, take notice and reassess. We have to be on the lookout for whatever it is that we are supposed to be looking for. Chances are we would have missed it in any other situation. During those trying times we spend much more time in reflection and prayer. We pray more earnestly and more sincerely in those times than in any other. Perhaps that is one point not to be missed. We grow closer to the Lord in the times of difficulty. What then do we do when the difficulty is done? What do we do when the fiery trial has been endured? Don’t forget to come back and give thanks.
In Luke 17, Jesus encounters this. As He enters a town, 10 lepers cry out for mercy. Jesus sends them to see the priest which they would have been forbidden to do because of their disease. As they went, they were cleansed, made whole. They all would have noticed, but only one came back to give thanks. This tells us a few things about people in general. Some people feel as though they deserve something after their suffering. God owes us nothing. God could give us nothing and would still be just as holy. The majority does its own thing without much thought or care of the Divine. And, only a small percentage will come back to give thanks to the Lord for what He has done for us. We who have experienced the blessings of God should be the ones to give thanks most of all.

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