Mary Baker Eddy once wrote to the members of her Church (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 131), "May God give unto us all that loving sense of gratitude which delights in the opportunity to cancel accounts." Perhaps David had come to the same conclusion concerning gratitude when he sang (Ps. 26:6, 7), "I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord: that I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works." And a little further on he continued, "I will walk in mine integrity."

Both our Leader and the bard of the Hebrews saw that gratitude is more than words can express. It calls for integrity which cancels accounts. The great account we need to cancel is that with our Maker, our debt of gratitude for the perfection which Christian Science reveals as the heritage of every individual. We cancel this account only as we express the innocence of character and perfection of experience which belong to the sons of God. And this we can do with joy, thankfully putting off the sins of mortality and the sufferings of the finite sense on the basis that they are unreal and no part of man. Our sheer gratitude for the facts of being as Christian Science reveals them helps us to separate our sense of self from the flesh with its sins and problems.

November 20, 1954

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