The healing power of wholehearted gratitude

"Are we really grateful for the good already received?" Science and Health, p. 3. The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, asks this question in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. It caused me to take a moment and ponder how I might reply. I thought, "Oh yes, I'm pretty grateful—well, usually grateful—ah, sometimes maybe grateful."

This halfhearted answer would hardly be acceptable to anyone who is endeavoring to progress toward the Christlike altitude of thought and life needed for spiritual growth and healing. Wholehearted, deep, fervent gratitude for God's allness and infinite goodness is what needs to be expressed inwardly and outwardly—in what and how we think and in how we act and respond to others. Wholehearted gratitude lifts thought right out of the material, mortal sense of things toward a higher and better understanding of God's spiritual creation—of reality itself.

God needs man
March 31, 1986

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