Climbing my gratitude ladder

In Christian Science Sunday School, we read a story in the Bible about a man named Jacob. Jacob was sleeping in a lonely place one night. He dreamed that there was a ladder to heaven, and he saw God’s angels going up and down on it (see Genesis 28:10–19).

I have a ladder like that, too. It’s in my thoughts. My ladder is exactly like Jacob’s, except I like to think of every rung as an angel idea, or a good thought, of gratitude. I try to use it every day, sometimes several times a day, because every time I express gratitude I feel closer to God.

One of the things I think about is how grateful I am for what I know about God. I know that whether I am in school, on the tennis court, or sailing in Maine, God will always take care of me, because God loves me and is all-power. Another example is that I am grateful for Mary Baker Eddy’s hymns, because one night when I had a fever, my dad sang me all seven of her hymns, and the next day I was well.

One time, when a hurricane hit our area, I was really scared. But I used my ladder to be grateful and to listen to God’s comforting messages until I felt safe and calm. And we were all safe.

I love expressing gratitude. It always makes me feel close to God and to good. When I feel close to God, it feels like when I am relaxing to classical music—I am peaceful and happy.

I’ll never get tired of climbing my ladder or feeling grateful to God!

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