Why gratitude?

Gratitude brings healing. In its spiritual sense, gratitude is a warm and appreciative acknowledgment that good is present with us. It's important to healing because it opens the door of our consciousness to a more vivid recognition of God—His omnipresence, all-power, goodness, and love for all that He creates and includes. Gratitude opens our eyes—our spiritual discernment—to what is real. It refreshes our spiritual vision. And spiritual vision, perceiving what God is and what man is as His beloved expression, is basic to Christian healing.

An essential element of clear vision is accurate focus. Every camera buff knows this. So does the metaphysician; he knows that the rays of spiritual light must be brought into clear focus to reveal distinctly the divine image, or idea. Our gratitude helps to bring good into focus for us. It prompts us to see spiritual ideas and divine laws more clearly. In the words of Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, "What is gratitude but a powerful camera obscura, a thing focusing light where love, memory, and all within the human heart is present to manifest light." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 164.

Good of undiminishing value
April 5, 1982

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