Ten Healed of Leprosy
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the
border between Samaria and Galilee. 12
As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy
met him. They stood at a distance 13
and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have
pity on us!" 14 When
he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the
priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. 15
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising
God in a loud voice. 16 He
threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him—and he was a
Samaritan. 17 Jesus
asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18
Was no one found to return and give praise to God except
this foreigner?" 19 Then
he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you
Jesus recognized that only one of ten former lepers came back to
say thanks, He expressed concern. There may be times when not
saying thank you does not imply an ungrateful attitude. We have so
many things to be thankful about. However, in our society we have
forgotten the value of saying "thank you". We rush
through our days thinking about what's next and we don't stop long
enough to express our feelings. You and I are often appreciative
of what others have done for us but do we remember to say thanks?
We need to THINK to THANK! (While presenting this message visually
you can exchange the A in THANK replacing it with an I creating
the word THINK! The phrase "think to thank" kind of
rolls off your tongue. By having the kids repeat this expression
several times it helps to them retain the principle.) Remember to
THINK to THANK!
for Memorial Day:
Bag of Round Party Balloons, Permanent Marker
Inflate 6 round balloons.
Using the permanent marker, write one of the following
letters on each balloon—T, H, A, N, K, I
6 volunteers. Line up 5 volunteers in a row at the front of the
class. Place the 6th
volunteer behind volunteer #3.
Give each of volunteers 1-5 a balloon to spell the word,
“THANKS,” being sure that the letters are in order.
Give volunteer #6 the letter, “I.”
on your lesson and your class’s Bible knowledge, you may wish to
briefly tell the story of the ten lepers from Luke 17:11-19, or
just refer to it. Teach
Lenny’s lesson above. When
you come to the phrase, “Think to Thank,” swap volunteer #6
with volunteer #3 when you say the word “THINK” so that the
“I” balloon is in place to spell “THINK.”
Swap back volunteer #3 with volunteer #6 when you say the
word “THANK.” Continue
doing this as you say “THINK” or “THANK” during the
following Memorial Day Application.
is Memorial Day. Across
our country will be all kinds of parades and special events.
Many people are off work so that families can attend these
events and remember those in the military who have died during
wars to keep our nation a democracy, free from the rule of evil
and cruel people, as well as remember those military people who
are still fighting for our freedom.
Why do we have this holiday?
So that we THINK to THANK.
People have died for over the past couple hundred years for
our freedom! We
don’t see them, so it’s easy to forget them.
We have to THINK to THANK.
Since wars during our lifetimes haven’t been fought here
in our country, it’s easy to forget that our military people are
still working and fighting to keep us free.
We have to THINK to THANK.
Memorial Day is a day to remember.
Let’s make it a point this Memorial Day to THINK to
THANK. Remember those
who have died and those who still fight for our freedom.
Think about how thankful you are those in the past and the
“THANKS” to military people that you can.
“THINK to THANK.”