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Don't Forget the Gate!
Gratitude is the gate in our wall of salvation. It lets love in and out. It blesses us and gives us opportunity to bless others.
In the Bible we read, "Thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise."Isa. 60:18; We should be sure that as we build our wall of salvation we don't forget to make the gate! Without praise for God, without gratitude, we may be building a solid wall with blocks of self-righteousness; and a wall without a gate can become a prison. So a gate is necessary — a gate of praise for our heavenly Father, God.
Sometimes we may seem to pray without success for healing or for guidance. Often what is needed is gratitude. The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, writes: "Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more." In the next paragraph she continues, "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 with Key to the Scriptures, p. 3; So, if a healing seems slow, perhaps we should widen our gates of praise.
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Don't Forget the Gate!
VIRGINIA F. DUNN
Housed, Fed, Clothed—What Does It Really Mean?
LANCELOT W. IBBOTSON
Pressure or Poise?
MARIAN LEE RAY
All of Life Is Here
DAVID C. KENNEDY
Zera Holland Blumenstein
Being a Witness for Good
BETTIE B. THOMPSON
EN ROUTE TO WHATEVER EMMAUS
Barbara L. Kelly
In the French Alps
Daisy M. Smith
For Successful Healing
Geoffrey J. Barratt
Giving Thanks Free of Hypocrisy
Nathan A. Talbot
"If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink" (John 7:37)
Margot Gautrón de Schultze
"All our thoughts should be given to the absolute demonstration...
Elisabeth Sophie Marie Thomson
Many years have passed since I was introduced to Christian Science...
Helene Pike with contributions from Robert E. Pike
During my high school years I attended a Christian Science...
Mary Lloyd Mills with contributions from Kendall A. Mills
My increasing gratitude for Christian Science prompts me to give...
Charles F. Nelson
After two years of employment with a large firm I suddenly...
Michael Drumm Joy