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Thanksgiving is a common holiday for Americans and Canadians, and is looked on fondly by the rest of the world, including those of us here in Kenya. When people lift up the power of gratitude in their hearts, they are affirming the presence and goodness of God in their churches, communities, and the world. This isn't just an abstract exercise.
Wonderful proofs that gratitude heals and contributes to one's general well-being are found in the pages of the Bible. The book of Psalms, for example, sings thanks to God for His blessings. And for the woman who humbly washed Jesus' feet with her tears and dried them with her hair, gratitude changed her life (see Luke 7:36–50). But to me, there is no more stirring example of the power of thanksgiving than that of Jesus standing outside the tomb where Lazarus had lain dead for four days.
Once the stone was taken away from the tomb, the Master looked up and said, "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me" (John 11:41). With that, he commanded, "Lazarus, come forth" (John 11:43)—and Lazarus did. Had Jesus simply gone along with everyone else's view that Lazarus was dead, he might have stood at the tomb in discouragement and found little to be grateful for. Instead, he recognized that the God who is Life was incapable of creating life limited by matter. The raising of Lazarus shows the gratitude that penetrates a negative or hopeless view of conditions and sees reality: life defined by harmony and well-being.
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About the author
John Oguta lives and studies management in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a member of the Migori Christian Science Society.
with contributions from AM SCHÜNGEL-VAN DER HARR, JEAN SNYDER, CAROLINE HOLM, DIANNE JARRETTE
PLENTY OF GOOD TO GO AROUND
JENNY NELLES, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Beverly Lyle, Sophia Kishkovsky, Tony Blair
DEFENSE AGAINST THE APPARENT EXISTENCE OF EVIL
KEEPING OUR PROMISE TO GOD
PRAYER INSTEAD OF VIOLENCE
THROUGH AN OPEN DOOR
Trust the Shepherd to lead the way out of corruption
BY GALEN GOLDSMITH
BY OLIVIA BARTIE
Gratitude's abundant harvest
BY DENNY COLLIVER
More than a perfect meal
BY SHELLY RICHARDSON
BY JOHN OGUTA
Gratitude in the job search
BY BILL FABIAN
What's wrong with a little gambling?
BY MARK RAFFLES
Lessons from a live oak
BY LISA TROSETH
Church alive new-born of Spirit healing
The Church Alive Team
My thank you's to God
A WONDERFUL START TO THE HOLIDAY
GOD'S HEALING PRESENCE
HEALED OF INTERNAL HEMORRHAGING AND TOOTH PAIN
BONNIE DUNBAR YOSHINOBU
KNEE PAIN HEALED