Our Unpayable Debt of Gratitude

Riding on a crowded intercity bus, I could not avoid hearing the account of family misfortunes a man behind me was giving to the passenger in the seat next to him. Thinking what a blessing the study of Christian Science could mean to the man, I was startled when, as if in response to my thought, he said to his fellow passenger, "Well, my wife and I tried Christian Science for a while, but we just didn't get anything out of it."

How I longed to turn and say to him, "Oh, but what did you give to it?" For it is the gratitude we give to Christian Science and the attitude with which we give it that brings us uncountable blessings.

In her "Miscellaneous Writings," Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, states (p. 131), "May God give unto us all that loving sense of gratitude which delights in the opportunity to cancel accounts." Those who approach their study of Christian Science with such an attitude soon discover that they owe it a debt of gratitude they will never be able to pay, because every honest effort to cancel the account brings so much more good into their lives that the debt grows larger.

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"Interpreting the Word"
November 21, 1964

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