Genuine Gratitude

"Gratitude," Mrs. Eddy writes on page 3 of Science and Health, "is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech." This statement by our Leader is proved true in the daily experience of us all. We sometimes find that the words, "I thank you," are almost entirely devoid of the genuine, heartfelt gratitude and appreciation which impels one to express in reciprocal deeds of kindness and consideration his thankfulness for benefits or courtesies received. Thus, while the verbal expression of thanks may at times be somewhat perfunctory, the kindly deed is seen to be that which best expresses a sincere sense of appreciation.

While it is right audibly to express gratitude for benefits received, for outward manifestations of supply, and for apparent evidences of God's goodness, it is of much greater importance that our appreciation of the infinite bounty and blessing of divine Mind should be attested in deeds as well as in words. Persons may occasionally, or frequently, in a public way voice gratitude for practical benefits resulting from the demonstration of Christian Science, but evidences of genuine gratitude are not always found in the daily living of those who thus publicly give thanks.

November 23, 1935

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