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The Tenth Leper

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The Bible tells of Jesus curing ten lepers. I know it’s not politically correct to call leprosy patients lepers, but I’m using the word for a reason. Once he had performed the miracle, he asked them to go show themselves to the priests, so that they would be accepted back into the Temple. They all ran off to do that. All except one man. He came back to thank Jesus for healing him.

The story is often used to teach us the value of thanking God for His blessings.

The Tenth Leper

I recently read (and can’t remember where it was!) about  a group of children being asked to enact this story for their Bible School. The teacher told them the story and enlisted 11 children to play the ten lepers and Jesus. They were asked to report the next day in costume to perform the play.  The teacher tells of how nine children playing lepers all turned up with bandages and the tenth came resplendent in a spotted rug! He naturally got to play the tenth leopard…errr..leper! 🙂

I found this story cute, but I also thought it was so meaningful. The tenth leper was different in the original story. And he certainly stood out in the school play.

 

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The tenth leper had a grateful heart. And a grateful heart can really make you different!

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18 Comments

  1. Melissa Melissa August 10, 2013

    I like the leopard part 😀 ~ lol. This post is so timely ~ ‘gratitude’ does make one different. It is a very humbling experience after being loved in such a way ~ to be cured of an illness that has forever traumatized one (like leprosy) and to give back one’s dignity ~ how could one not recognize such love?
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  2. Pixie Pixie August 5, 2013

    Well Said Corinne!! 🙂
    Counting one’s blessing and saying thank you is so important.
    It keeps us humble and happy. 🙂

  3. Rum Punch Drunk Rum Punch Drunk August 5, 2013

    We should always be thankful to anyone who helps us out, opens a door of opportunity etc but on many occasions we are so wrapped up in our joys that we forget. It’s not until things go wrong that we suddenly remember who we can run to for help. Nice post Corinne.
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  4. Bella Bella August 5, 2013

    Corinne, we should all be more like the 10th leper! It’s so often we go through life forgetting to thank God for His blessings. This post is a good reminder of why we should do just that. Every day we get up in the morning is a gift. When I was little, my nana taught me that before stepping a foot out of bed, I was to thank the Lord for another day of life. Would you believe I still do this? 🙂
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  5. B k chowla B k chowla August 5, 2013

    We all accept,HE is omnipresent.So long as we all perform our duties,HE will take care.
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  6. usha menon usha menon August 5, 2013

    Yes Corinne, God is our only so[ace. He is all merciful and compassionate . His blessings are for every soul. Only we, human beings forget our duties. This story should remind us to be thankful to Him for all His mercies.

  7. Richa Singh Richa Singh August 4, 2013

    This is how I see God. For as long as I can remember I have thanked him for things he has given me more often without asking. The story explains the key point of a prayer and that is thanking God for his omnipresent blessings in our lives. A valuable lesson for all of us..
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 4, 2013

      Yes, I too see God as a the most generous soul around – whatever happens to us is for our good. If only, we’d realize that and give thanks! Thank you for sharing, Richa!

  8. Kajal Kajal August 4, 2013

    That’s so true, Corinne. In our day to day turmoil we forget to be thankful for our blessings. God is kind and we usually take his grace for granted.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 4, 2013

      I’ve come to believe our blessings multiply with our gratitude – or at least we start to see more things as blessings, Kajal!
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