"Giving thanks"

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul gives a helpful admonition, fulfillment of which is essential to spiritual growth. He says, "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children." And he adds, "giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father."

Students of Christian Science who have not yet learned to obey Paul's admonition are perhaps overtaken with periods of gloom, fear, and discontentment which he of the more grateful heart excludes by a constant glow of gratitude. Why do storm clouds of morbid thinking darken our outlook on life, which seemed an hour ago so fair? Do God's mercy and goodness fail? Surely not. A gloomy mood is possible only because for the time being the heart has ceased its cheery song of loving gratitude. Hence fear, regret, and puzzlement are painting our erstwhile beautiful world in somber hues.

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