Let Us Glorify God!

As Christian Scientists grow in spiritual stature, many words used in their textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, take on for them a deeper spiritual meaning. One such word is "gratitude." "Gratitude," as Mrs. Eddy tells us (ibid., p. 3), "is much more than a verbal expression of thanks." Just what, then, is the scientific meaning of gratitude? Let us turn to the New Testament for the answer. There we read that when Jesus healed the sick, those who were healed glorified God: "And immediately he rose up before them... and departed to his own house, glorifying God" (Luke 5:25); "And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God" (Luke 13:13). Could not gratitude, or glorifying God be defined then as a recognition or realization of the omnipresence and omnipotence of God, good? This spiritual enlightenment destroys thoughts of fear, sin, and disease, making way for the manifestation of a better sense of health and well-being.

Gratitude loses sight of the problem in the glory of the revelation. It becomes important then to realize, be it ever so faintly, somewhat of the presence and power of the infinite goodness of God, which lifts one instantly and naturally above the confusion of material believing into the calmness of spiritual perception.

Spiritual Enlistment
April 27, 1946

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