The nation resounds with thanksgiving for the earth's bountiful harvest, crops of wheat and grains, all beneath the canopy of God's almighty care. But “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord”. It is this divine Word that penetrates the world with its Law and Gospel which proclaims Jesus as the sole source of life, health, and wholeness.
It is Jesus who heals lepers with His Word. Of the ten cleansed, only one expresses thanksgiving back to Jesus. But true gratitude proceeds from a heart sustained by faith. Jesus bids this one to “rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” So also, we are sent from the Divine Service, bolstered in our faith by the Word to be thankful in our circumstances of plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
These Seeds of Faith have been sown by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bridgeport, NE. I’m Pastor Allen Strawn.