"Are we really grateful for the good already received?" is a question asked on page 3 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. The test of this gratitude is brought out in the next sentence, where we read, "Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more."

A student of Christian Science saw this statement proved in a small but practical way one morning. She had been engaged in committee work at the branch Church of Christ, Scientist, of which she is a member, and it seemed necessary to reach home before noon to attend to family responsibilities there. Although she earnestly attempted to get home, she missed three buses in succession; so she humbly asked God to reveal to her anything in her thinking which was attempting to obstruct her progress. The answer came in the sentences quoted above.

At first she could see no connection between this and her problem. As she thought it over, however, she had to admit that her attitude toward the buses at that particular moment was more critical than grateful. So she decided to spend the time before another bus arrived by turning her thought away from frustration, impatience, and hurry, to the ever-present spiritual ideas underlying a true sense of transportation.

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November 19, 1955

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