How life is enriched by the cultivation of heartfelt gratitude! One eighteenth-century author, Samuel Johnson, wrote, "Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people." Truly gratitude is not found in the coarse soil of barren lives. Often lack of gratitude accounts for the barrenness. Christian Science teaches men how to cultivate the plant of gratitude and then to reap a harvest of true healing and abundant life.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 3): "Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more. Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech."

We may live our gratitude through actively cultivating spiritual qualities of thought and acknowledging the blessing of health and happiness that God is ceaselessly bestowing upon us. As we learn more of God and of man's perfection as His image and likeness, suffering beliefs fall away. Belief in a counterfeit mortal man is more easily dispelled when we reflect the spiritual qualities of wisdom and love which our Father-Mother is ever pouring forth.

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February 21, 1959

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