Be Grateful!

"Hast thou a friend, and forgettest to be grateful?" Mary Baker Eddy asks on page 339 of "Miscellaneous Writings." A student of Christian Science was healed of a very discordant condition one day as she mentally expressed gratitude for all Mrs. Eddy has done for mankind.

Gratitude helps to solve the problems of human experience. Perhaps the difficulty may be one of unemployment. Then we should be grateful, grateful that we understand, even in a small degree, that God's man is ever employed in reflecting the divine qualities. In a consciousness filled with love, faith, peace, harmony, and abundance there can be no room for doubt, discouragement, fear, lack, sorrow, or discord. Suppose the problem is one of sickness. Let us be grateful and think, with joy in our hearts, of the many times we have been healed of some error. Let us be grateful to the practitioners who have lovingly helped us along the way; grateful that the same power which healed us and others through their work, is always available to us.

We can express gratitude at a Wednesday evening testimony meeting, even if we feel a sense of trepidation. If we offer our testimony of thanksgiving to God, we shall be conscious only of His presence. When asked the secret of her marvelous power as a singer, Jenny Lind said, "I sing to God." She turned her thoughts from the people, looked Godward, and sang. And so we can know that our testimony is untouched by condemnation, or any wrong thought, because, in reality, only God and His ideas are present.

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How Divine Love Meets the Human Need
November 23, 1935

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