A Thankful heart is a receiving heart. This statement implies a law of cause and effect; and this law is spiritual. Gratitude is a quality of divine Mind; and it reflects or expresses divine Love in health-giving joy. It carries with it strength and courage,—fruits of Spirit,—and the ever conscious recognition of the presence of spiritual good.

But, perhaps, says some poor troubled heart, with its pent-up years of suffering and pain, How can I be grateful? There is nothing for me to be grateful for, only darkness everywhere; I cannot even think rightly, let alone rejoice. Listen, dear heart, to the Christ-message! When the disciples had toiled all night, like you, and caught nothing, Jesus said to them in effect, Cast your net on the right side of the ship; that is, turn away from matter to Spirit; look away from personal sense, and hear the Father's loving voice, tenderly saying, "All that I have is thine." If the response of gratitude follows, the dark shadows of your life will begin to fall away.

True Giving
January 12, 1924

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