Gracious Living

After visiting one of England's stately homes I overheard these words: "It takes a lot of money to live graciously." How I longed to tell the speaker that living graciously is not, as is so often assumed, dependent on wealth. Graciousness, like honesty, is a quality derived from God.

One dictionary definition of "graciousness" is "pleasing or attractive quality or condition, charm, winning grace, esp. of manner." Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health: "Comeliness and grace are independent of matter. Being possesses its qualities before they are perceived humanly." Science and Health, p. 247; Divine Being or God is then the source of all Christly qualities, and Christian Science teaches us that man is the reflection or emanation of God. As we recognize this truth of man's spiritual status, we find that these qualities are available for expression in every human circumstance.

Christian Science Is Different!
June 14, 1969

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