Don't forget gratitude!

I Found myself staring at the ceiling one morning at three o'clock, feeling dissatisfied and unsettled. I just couldn't stop fretting. So I reached out in prayer to God. I asked Him to show me how to be free of self-centered worry, wounded pride, concern about the future. The answer to that prayer was not long in coming: "Don't forget gratitude."

I took the point. Lack of appreciation had characterized my perspective. And so I reasoned that I needed to be grateful for what I did have in life. I made a mental gratitude list. It took quite a long time, however, really to understand the meaning of the message that had come through prayer. It wasn't asking me simply to be grateful for human circumstances, to "put on a happy face" or focus on the bright side. It was challenging me to take a totally different perspective, to see life as radically spiritual, not comfortably material, and to be grateful for the spiritual identity that the study of Christian Science had revealed as mine.

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