by Dave Gustavsen

The Anatomy of Gratitude
Dave Gustavsen
Luke 7:36-50

With all that's going on, how do you get your heart ready for Thanksgiving? Because I think, despite all the craziness in our world, all of us want to come to the Thanksgiving table with a sense of joy, and a sense of gratitude. Right? I mean, this day happens once a year; and I don't want to miss it.

So I want to take a few minutes and talk about gratitude: where does it come from? What does it look like? And how can we truly experience it this week?

So I'm going to be reading from Luke chapter 7, verses 36 to 50. Here's what it says:

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, ''If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is-that she is a sinner.''

40 Jesus answered him, ''Simon, I have something to tell you.'' ''Tell me, teacher,'' he said. 41 ''Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?''

43 Simon replied, ''I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.'' ''You have judged correctly,'' Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, ''Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopp ...

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