The Power of Gratitude

The works of Christ Jesus afford irrefutable proof of what can be accomplished by a grateful heart. Whatever the problem confronting him—a multitude to be fed, a dead man to be raised, his own crucifixion—his first action toward its solution was to turn to his heavenly Father and give thanks. And it should be noted in this connection that his gratitude, like his prayer, preceded the disappearance to the physical senses of the condition to be overcome.

It was for far more than increased loaves and fishes that Jesus gave thanks. With upward of five thousand people waiting to be fed, and with only five loaves and two small fishes at hand, he thanked God for His ever-available, inexhaustible supply of good for man.

It was not because Lazarus was restored that Jesus first thanked God. Gratitude filled his heart even while Lazarus was in the grave, having lain there four days already. Such gratitude was for Life itself and man's eternal oneness with it.

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