THE CHILDREN’S WORD…Saying ‘Thank you’

Thank you…for everything!
When do you say “thank you” to God?
Whenever He helps you with something?
But that’s impossible! He is helping you all the time!

Today, in the Gospel reading, we hear the story of the ten men who had the awful skin disease of leprosy. When Jesus healed these ten men, only one came back to say “thank you”! Only one out of ten!

Do you say “thank you” to God even one out of every ten times He does something for you? Even that is hard, isn’t it?

Many of the saints of our Orthodox Church tell us how important it is to say “thank you” to our Lord! Not so long ago there lived a very holy nun named Mother Gavrilia (she died in 1992). Lots of people think she might be called a saint one day. She spent her whole life helping and healing very poor people, even people with that same awful skin disease, leprosy!

Mother Gavrilia once said that when we really know the gifts of God, “We keep going and saying, Thank you…Thank you…Thank you… We see a person…Thank you. We see a flower…Thank you. We see a glass of milk…Thank you. Thank you…for everything!” Do you think you can follow this saintly woman’s example?

Do you think you can try to notice the gifts God gives you?

Presvytera Alexandra Houck,

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