The Christian grace of gratitude

The grace of gratitude is one of the great blessings of the Christian life. Gratitude heightens our awareness of the good already in our lives and prepares us to receive more. It can help even a life that appears barren of good be like a bud that blossoms into a beautiful rose—a life full of abundance that can be lifted up to be a blessing for others. This can happen when we entertain unceasing gratitude as we walk and talk with God.

Gratitude plays an essential role in our communion with God. The Bible tells us, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalms 100:4). Gratitude opens our thought and makes us more receptive to God’s law of redemption and healing. God is the source of all good and is already “pouring forth” good in our lives—even “more than we accept” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 2). Gratitude enables us to recognize God’s communications to us—the ideas that come to our thinking as His angel messages of guidance and healing—and to be blessed by them. 

Buoyed by being grateful
November 25, 2019

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