[The above is an abbreviated, post production text of the program released for broadcast the week of November 19-25 in the radio series. "The Bible Speaks to You." Heard internationally over more than 950 Nations, the weekly programs are prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM No. 190 - Why Should I Be Grateful?

QUESTIONER: Some people accept the good things of life as a matter of course without even thinking of being grateful, but there are others who genuinely feel that they have nothing to be grateful for. They feel life isn't treating them fairly, that they lack the things which make life interesting, happy, and worthwhile, and so they naturally ask, "Why should [ be grateful?"

SPEAKER: One can't really be thankful for anything until he places a proper value on it. An ungrateful person doesn't recognize the value or even the presence of good all around him. But even the most unhappy, wretched individual has the gift of life. He has the opportunity to let this like, however humble, shine forth with a spark of divinity, with a spark of compassion, kindness, and unselfishness.

Here in the United States, as you know. Thanksgiving Day began with thanksgiving to God for survival. The Pilgrim Fathers gave thanks to God for even simple things such as an ear of corn or a piece of bread. They must have recognized the value of gratitude and the need of thanksgiving to God. Now you teach your young children the practice of gratitude and appreciation of good, and why?

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