Gratitude: do we think it's owed us?

For several years I had provided funds and advice to a friend who was new in the business world. He had prospered, and I felt gratified at the help that I was able to give.

One day, however, my friend explained that since he now knew the necessary procedures, he could handle the work without help and, in addition, did not feel obligated to repay the sums advanced. Feeling chagrined at this surprising turn of events, but trying to know God's control over all, I made a strong, persistent effort to turn to God for answers.

I tried to realize and really feel that everything good in our lives is actually a gift of God. Christian Science tells us that all the love we give or receive, all the wisdom or understanding we express, all the health and the right to health, and all supply— these are God's gifts to us. As God is infinite, All, and as we are in truth His perfect reflection and expression, all God's goodness is ours in unlimited abundance to claim and demonstrate.

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Silent witnesses
February 10, 1986

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