In the story of the paralyzed man, Jesus is at a house talking to a group of people when a paralyzed man is lowered from the roof.
Jesus chooses to heal the man, but what excited me the most was his response, “immediately he stood up before them, took what he had been lying on, and went to his home, glorifying God.”
I know in my life, if I was to have something amazing happen to me, my first reaction would be to tell my loved ones, or post it online, or possibly even give a “yahoo” to myself out of excitement. This man who was healed had for the first time in his life the ability to do things for himself (as back then people didn’t have wheelchairs, so we are under the assumption he was reliant on people around him) and his first reaction was to “glorify God,” or – to give thanks!
In fact, that has such an effect that once he left everyone in the house was “filled with amazement, and they glorified God.
Giving thanks to God for the blessings in our lives can be one of the best habits we can create this Lent. How changed would we be if every day we thought of something new we could give thanks to God to?
We can also see using this scripture, that if we give thanks to God, the people around us will do the same in their lives when they see all that God is doing for you
PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. May we remember that our blessings come from you and help us to be all you have created us to be. Amen.