When they established Thanksgiving Day, the Pilgrim Fathers, thankful to God for having brought them through what seemed a most perilous year, expressed their gratitude for the harvest of corn, as well as for the divine presence which they knew was with them. Much patient, self-sacrificing toil had been necessary to clear the land, to build and guard their simple homes, to plant the seeds and nurse the growing plants until there appeared "the full corn in the ear."

About two centuries later a brave, spiritually-minded woman, Mary Baker Eddy, in deep gratitude to God for having rescued her from "the valley of the shadow of death," dedicated not alone one day of each year, but every day, to thanksgiving to God. She spent many years in patient, unselfed toil, clearing human consciousness of much undergrowth and stubble of false knowledge, "the wisdom of this world," which "is foolishness with God." Not only was it necessary to clear away much debris, but equally necessary to build, to plant, and to tend, until at last there began to appear "the full corn in the ear," the fruition of her loving, unremitting labor, evidenced in thousands of regenerated lives. The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and its many branch churches throughout the world, The Christian Science Publishing Society, the Metaphysical College, the Board of Lectureship—all activities of The Mother Church—through which pour the healing streams of Truth and Love, are the fruits of her devoted life.

Recognizing her as Leader, and through consecration, Christian Scientists are learning to make every day one of glad thanksgiving to God "for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men." Whereas, formerly, many wondered what they had to be grateful for on even one Thanksgiving Day, now Christian Science has revealed the gifts of God as so numerous, and so constant, that not in all the days of all the years can they express sufficient gratitude.

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"In every thing give thanks"
November 23, 1929

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