Gratitude plays a key role in healing

Several years ago, I was enjoying the last day of a wonderful vacation—and savoring every moment. My thoughts were as serene as the majestic mountain scenery. When I thought about leaving all this behind and going back to the turmoil I would be facing at home, I had a real yearning to know how to get beyond various problems that were plaguing me. Among them, there was inharmony in our home. I had earnestly been seeking solutions through prayer for a long time. But I seemed to be getting nowhere.

Sometimes I felt so far from God. But on this morning as I finished reading the Weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson, I was full of inspiration. I wanted to hold on to this feeling and never be separated from it. I began to wonder why the problems in my life hadn't been resolved, in spite of my prayers to find answers. Then, a statement from Science and Health that was in the Lesson came to me: "Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth" (p. 91). Suddenly the potency and vibrancy of the truth behind those words took hold in my thought. It stirred an impulsion in me to make changes in my life, and I knew exactly what those changes should be.

When I returned home, I recommitted myself to the study of Christian Science. I was eventually able to regain the calm I'd felt that summer morning, and so deeply longed to have permanently. I started seeing the wonderful effect that this study was having on my spiritual growth.

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April 5, 2004

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