The American people, from their earliest days, have observed the wise custom of acknowledging each year the bounty with which Divine Providence has favored them.
Have we adequate authority for continuously enjoying the satisfaction of living?
To the earnest Christian Scientist, striving daily for a higher understanding of Truth, the words "giving," "getting," "receiving," "withholding," have a contrasted meaning which enlarges with continued thought.
In the Preface to "Miscellaneous Writings".
How many of us have had the experience, after patient waiting and working, of receiving certain victories from the heavenly Father for which we gave thanks at first, but which we soon began to look at critically, and before long came to doubt were victories from God at all, regarding them rather, perhaps, as steps in the wrong direction, which might involve us in difficulties! Possibly Peter felt thus when, after he had started to walk on the water toward the Master, the waves became boisterous.
Paul says, "Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.