"Are we really grateful ...?"

In Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy asks this pertinent question (p. 3): "Are we really grateful for the good already received?" And she adds, "Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more."

As I ponder the good that Christian Science brings into the experience of any earnest student, I am prompted to ask myself these supplementary questions: Are we as Christian Scientists really grateful to Mrs. Eddy for giving us this Science, or are we accepting and applying the truths she has revealed just as though we have discovered them, without remembering often and with appreciation how much we owe her?

In her discovery of the Christ Science, our Leader knew that she stood alone with God. She knew that, generally speaking, the world is largely united in the acceptance of material things as of first importance. She says, "The determination to hold Spirit in the grasp of matter is the persecutor of Truth and Love" (ibid., p. 28). She knew better than we can possibly know how deep-seated and persistent the opposition would be, yet she braved the whole of that opposition when she declared to the world: "Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual" (ibid., p. 468).

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