Gratitude for today

It was early Thanksgiving morning. I woke up feeling very ill. All I wanted to do was curl up and go back to sleep—forget putting a turkey in the oven! But the rest of my household still hadn't stirred, and I made myself get up and spend some quiet time in prayer.

I remember reading passages from the Christian Science Bible Lesson for that Thanksgiving Day. And as I did, my thoughts turned from how my body felt to how connected I was to God—and to how deep my gratitude was just for knowing that fact. With this prayer, a gentle peace gradually came over me, and by the time the sun was up, I was healed, with all symptoms gone. I put the turkey in the oven, prepared for the guests who would be joining us after church, and greeted my family feeling refreshed and truly grateful.

This Bible passage says it all: "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness" (Ps. 17:15). Thanksgiving can always be about the great satisfaction that is ours when we acknowledge our unbroken connection to God, our forever reflecting of our divine Creator. It's a feast of permanent satisfaction, comfort, and healing, and one we're all invited to attend daily.

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November 20, 2006

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