When gratitude is transferred from the merely human to the mental, moral, spiritual realm, we are awed by the infinitude of man's divine resources. On behalf of all mankind Christian Scientists give thanks for the fact that all may draw without stint on the intelligence of divine Mind and that, provided they are self-forgetful, putting their own troubles out of thought and persistently reflecting to all whom they meet the healing, cheering power of divine Love, their own hearts are steadfastly glad. Whoever helps to awaken and satisfy mankind's thirst after righteousness is inevitably refreshed himself.

Thankfulness for divine resources overcomes fear, for fear is merely some phase of doubt cast upon Spirit's abundant supply of everything that is needful now and eternally. Through thankfulness to God, which includes the acknowledgment of His omnipotence, human thought is lifted above its density and its limitations. When spiritual needs are placed first, temporal needs are cared for; but absorption in the lesser needs excludes the consciousness of ever present spiritual supply. In real spiritual being there is neither personal lack nor personal possession, neither material wealth nor poverty; there is limitless spiritual reflection for all.

Then at Thanksgiving time the Christian Scientist renews his gratitude, not so much from the seasonal standpoint of time, tradition, and commemoration, as of demonstration of God's power on earth to-day. He is grateful for the multitudes which have been and are being restored to health, righteousness, and prosperity through the ministry of Christian Science; and this evidence of divine power on earth gives him courage to grapple with to-day's problems. He resolves to be a better sentry and to exclude false thoughts and practices more promptly and finally.

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