Give thanks!

Since beginning the study of Christian Science, I have learned to appreciate the great importance of gratitude, and the profound truth of this statement by Mrs. Eddy: "Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receivemore," (Science and Health, p. 3). I've learned to be more aware of the many signs of God's presence and care, and in acknowledging those signs in my own life, I've seen many blessings flow—the flowering of career opportunities, and healings of injury, illness, unhappy relationships, and emotional problems.

About two years ago I fell off my bicycle on a busy street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Although blood was gushing from my head, I felt no fear—and the bleeding soon stopped. I was busy giving thanks to God that no car had hit me; that I had been wearing my bicycle helmet; that passers-by had helped me onto the sidewalk; that someone handed me a cell phone, which I used to call a Christian Science practitioner and ask him to pray for me; that the practitioner's prayers were effective; that kind firefighters immediately took me to an emergency ward to have my wounds cleansed; that the doctor who saw me and recommended X-rays respected my decision not to be X-rayed and to return home as soon as the wounds were washed; and that I was able to return home within a few hours.

August 13, 2001

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