Expressing Thanks

[Written Especially for Young People]

Have you ever stopped to think what a precious treasure the little word "thanks" really is? Jesus valued it so much that, after he had healed the ten lepers, he remarked that only one had returned to give thanks. Back of this little word lies the spiritual quality of gratitude; and Jesus himself, we are informed by Mark, expressed gratitude on many memorable occasions. One was at the time he fed the four thousand, when he took the seven loaves and gave thanks, after which the people witnessed his wonderful demonstration of supply. Another occasion was at the last supper, just before his arrest, when Jesus took the cup, and gave thanks, then passed it to his disciples.

At times people feel they have nothing to give in return for blessings received. Yet, after realizing the true meaning of the word "thanks," one finds he has priceless gifts to offer, such as appreciation, gratitude, kindness, all qualities of the divine Mind.

At one time a student of Christian Science had rented her garage to a neighbor. Discovering that he drove in at about the same time each day, she found it no task to open the garage doors in order to save her neighbor extra work. For this little act of thoughtfulness the student daily heard a joyous "Thanks" coming in through the window towards the close of the day, and this taught her the lesson of paying one's debt of gratitude promptly.

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Eternal Mind
September 20, 1941

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