Honest Gratitude

The Christian Scientist cannot be too ready to express his gratitude to the devoted and conscientious workers who have helped him to gain a better understanding of his true being. Sometimes error would try to keep him from acknowledging the good received, and so would retard a healing. God bestows all good upon His children; but we must learn to receive gratefully, and as the reflection of God must express good to one another.

Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes on page 232 in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," "The right way wins the right of way, even the way of Truth and Love whereby all our debts are paid, mankind blessed, and God glorified." When, prompted by gratitude for good received, a sincere effort is made to meet an obligation, the way will open to surmount the seeming difficulties, and the obligation can be met without hardship.

A young student of Christian Science was at one time confronted with several small debts, and every time she planned to pay them something would intervene and the money would be used for another purpose. One evening while attending a Christian Science lecture, she was much impressed when the lecturer expressed the thought that the most important prerequisite for paying one's debts was an earnest desire to do so. On analyzing her own thought the student realized that she had not really desired to pay these debts; in fact, she had almost resented having to pay them.

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Until the Harvest
January 18, 1936

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