Gratitude and Healing

"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High." These words of the Psalmist are verified by the testimonies of healing published in the Christian Science periodicals and by those given at the Wednesday testimony meetings. There is a definite relationship between gratitude and healing. Indeed, an intelligent, thankful appreciation of God's loving presence oftentimes effects an instantaneous healing. It is sometimes the one thing needed to complete a demonstration.

A student of Christian Science was once experiencing a painful physical condition which did not yield to treatment. He tried to clear his thought by study and prayer. At last, late one night, he opened "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy to the final chapter, entitled "Fruitage," which consists of one hundred pages of testimonies of healing. As the student read these proofs of the power of divine Love to destroy all the errors of mortal sense, his thought was impressed with the wonder and glory of divine Science. With this recognition of the omnipotence of infinite good came a deep thankfulness and joy; and with that the student awakened to the fact that the pain had disappeared. The healing was complete.

Gratitude opens thought to the tremendous power of infinite Spirit, whose divine energies pour forth healing light without effort and without measure. The gratitude which helps to bring about instantaneous healing is essentially a quality of spiritual understanding; that is, it is not a blind praising of God or an emotional glorification of Deity, not an effort of human will. The verse of the Psalmist, "O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep," is an intelligent acknowledgment of God's power. Gratitude is the thankfulness resulting from the awakening to divine Love's presence.

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January 27, 1934

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