In concluding our Messy Church series, I tackle Jesus’ healing of the 10 Lepers and link it to a prior story in the Bible of another leper by the name of Naaman. The intersection of these two stories brings forth the absolute necessity of gratitude in our lives in order to love other people well. Gratitude grounds us in the ability to love. Without gratitude, love doesn’t have a shot. We must embrace our own story and recognize “we are all one of those people.” Only then will we be able to be loving and empathetic to those who are different than us.