I woke up at 7:00 to get some class reading done, but my eyes hurt so much that I had to put the book down and rest an hour or two before church at 11:00. The message was really good. It was on the passage in Luke 17 about 10 lepers who were healed by Jesus, but only one of whom came back to thank Jesus. The key lessons:
-All men are born into sin, helpless and plagued like these lepers
-As all ten lepers were physically healed, so all men are offered the gift of Salvation
-For those who receive healing and sanctification, common sense says that they should be happy to live with an attitude of thankfulness! If I were a healed leper, wouldn't I be happy?! :D
-Thankfulness springs from awareness of where one came from. Rather than feel sorrowful dwelling on the past, as the people did in Nehemiah 8 (Nehemiah 8:10 - "Go and enjoy...Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."), they should jump for joy with an understanding heart like King David (2 Samuel 6:14-15 - "David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.").
A person cannot fully rejoice in freedom unless he or she has first been a slave.
Well, after church, I worked on homework and it took forever because the database was really glitchy. Perseus, how much information you hold, yet so difficult to obtain! After fighting with the online homework, I did some reading and other work for class. This takes me up until now. And by now I am tired. I am off to sleep, but probably will lay and watch the white moonlight instead. It is rising above my window and the light is leaking in through the blinds. It's the same way at dawn as I sit and face the east.
Tomorrow will be another early day.