The Motive of Thanksgiving

ALL citizens should rejoice in the moral enlightenment which has led to the setting apart of an annual season of Thanksgiving in the United States. Christian Scientists, in particular, are grateful for every opportunity to discern the happy concurrence of national proclamation and divine law. They are learning how invincible is the power of thanksgiving, demonstrated not merely through observance of a designated festival, but through constant, humble recognition of the all-encompassing presence of divine Love. The globe is being encircled and assuredly illumined, as, one by one, Christian Scientists in every land echo and reecho their prayer and praise. And in our thanksgiving we emphasize the triumphant fact recorded by our beloved Leader in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 149, 150): "To-day there is hardly a city, village, or hamlet, in which are not to be found living witnesses and monuments to the virtue and power of Truth, as applied through this Christian system of healing disease." It is no small thing that, through individual, scientific thought linking heart to heart in common obedience and good-will, the whole earth is being redeemed.

When the disciples returned with joy to recount the triumphs of healing accomplished through their understanding of the Christ, Truth, the Master took occasion to indicate unmistakably the genuine motive of thanksgiving. "Behold, I give unto you power. . . . Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven." Here all may read the needed warning to distinguish sharply between the effects of spiritual understanding and material phenomena. Since time began, the only possibility of error's successfully palming off its false pretensions has lain in the willingness of its intended dupes to accept it as an entailment of divine law. Not otherwise could a lie continue to deceive, since, being no part of God's creation, it is for all time literally and utterly nothing. Christian Scientists are constantly being tempted to admit that discord has being and intensity, and that it can develop. So much admitted, the cognate allurement to acquiesce in material measures as an aid in the removal of the disorder claims to follow. The endeavor to practice Christian Science may then be in danger of becoming neutralized by a medley of drugs and human will.

December 1, 1923

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