Thanksgiving Every Day

The Thanksgiving Day celebration is a much-loved annual event in North America, but its power for good can be more than seasonal. It can become a good influence on the future, as well as provide an occasion for appreciating the past.

Mary Baker Eddy writes, "Gratitude and love should abide in every heart each day of all the years." Manual of The Mother Church, Art. XVII, Sect. 2; And the annual emphasis on giving thanks provides us with an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the purpose of expressing this abiding gratitude. One can use the opportunity to see why we should make the effort to be grateful "each day of all the years," how we can accomplish it, and what we can expect to develop as the result of constant thankfulness.

When spiritual understanding reveals the grand realities of God-created being, one cannot help but admit that every individual on earth has much to make him grateful. The Bible reveals the nature of God, the creator, as infinite divine Love, filling all space. It describes Him as supplying good gifts to His spiritual offspring, continually and without measure. Recognizing this, the Psalmist sang, "My cup runneth over." Ps. 23:5; And James wrote in his Epistle, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17;

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Continuing Baptism
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