Gratitude Is Unselfed

A hymn describes a grateful heart as a garden, a fortress, and a temple. As a garden, it provides a place "for every lovely, Godlike grace to come to perfect bloom." As a fortress, it reveals "God's omnipotence," thus girding "man with mighty power." In the temple of a grateful heart angels of God's presence "keep calm watch by day or night." It is not surprising, then, that the hymn ends with a prayer of petition for a grateful heart "that loves and blesses all." Christian Science Hymnal, No. 3;

The key words are, "that loves and blesses all." This involves two stages of gratitude. One is inspired gratitude for spiritual things. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, emphasizes its indispensability when she calls attention in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures to Christ Jesus' condemnation of insincerity, "If we are ungrateful for Life, Truth, and Love, and yet return thanks to God for all blessings, we are insincere and incur the sharp censure our Master pronounces on hypocrites." Science and Health, p. 3; Then there is the level of gratitude that recognizes kindness and goodness wherever found and "loves and blesses all."

The Occult: Light? or Darkness?
November 17, 1973

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