Blessings through Spiritual Vision

It probably was never intended by the Pilgrim fathers in celebrating the first Thanksgiving that a recognition and acknowledgement of our blessings should be confined to only one day in the year. Their knowledge of the Bible, together with their spiritual vision, compassed a far larger view than that. The annual festival known in the United States of America as Thanksgiving Day was more likely thought of as a reminder of our continuous debt of gratitude to the Almighty for His ceaseless stream of blessings.

No amount of thanks or praise can ever adequately acknowledge the blessings of life and existence imparted by the divine Parent to His children. The flow of blessings is unbroken. Our receptivity and vision alone measure our supply. God is present always. He is the source of all good. Good, therefore, is present ever, and is present now. Through Christian Science, increased spiritual discernment brings to view enlarged evidence of the divine presence and blessings.

Blessings are the fruitage of spiritual growth. They are "signs following" in the lives of those who live as Jesus lived and understand the divine Principle which he understood. Blessings are not material objects. They are spiritual experiences. They are boundless. No material fetters can limit them. Their real design is to bear witness to God's presence and nature. Contrariwise, they are not primarily to cater to our wants. Recognition of blessings is largely a matter of interpretation. Properly construed, whatever God says to us or does for us can never be other than a blessing. By learning the spiritual meaning of God's Word we develop the faculty to understand aright God's blessings, which bear witness to His loving and infinite nature.

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A Balanced Day
November 27, 1943

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