"Father, I thank thee"

Gratitude to God, expressed by the spiritually-minded in all ages, is more than a pious sentiment; it is a necessity of our well-being, for it is the acknowledgement of our dependence on God, an affirmation of our unity with our Maker. True gratitude is a constant attitude of receptivity, by which we become increasingly aware of the rich blessings that God bestows on His children. It is, moreover, an active uplifting of our consciousness to the one source, divine Mind, whereby we let our light shine for the benefit of others.

Christian Science teaches that God is the only Mind, and that man is the idea or reflection of Mind. In speaking of "the formations of the immortal divine Mind," Mrs. Eddy writes (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 189), "they proceed from the divine source; and so, in tracing them, we constantly ascend in infinite being."

There is much rendering of thanks to God in the Wednesday testimony meetings in Christian Science churches throughout the world, much gratitude expressed for healing, for helpful experiences and spiritual enlightenment. For the sake of our own spiritual growth, for the blessing it brings to our fellow men, and above all because such expressions of gratitude glorify God, these testimonies are given in our churches and our periodicals, because, as our beloved Leader says in the Church Manual (Art. VIII, Sect. 24): "Testimony in regard to the healing of the sick is highly important. More than a mere rehearsal of blessings, it scales the pinnacle of praise and illustrates the demonstration of Christ, 'who health all thy diseases' (Psalm 103:3)."

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The Healing Point of View
July 20, 1940

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