Thanksgiving was finally here! For as long as Peter could remember, he and his family had started Thanksgiving Day by attending a Christian Science church service. First the two Readers read the Lesson-Sermon for Thanksgiving. In the Christian Science Quarterly ; After that Christian Scientists could stand up and speak about their thankfulness. People told how understanding prayer can help everyone and heal sin and sickness, whatever isn't of God.
After church Peter and his family hurried home to prepare the dinner. Peter's grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were coming soon. It would be a happy holiday for all of them. But shortly after they arrived home Peter began to feel sick. The thought came to him that it was too bad he was sick today with all the company coming. He tried to turn to God for his healing, but the ache seemed too real. After a while Peter called his mother. She saw he wasn't feeling well and, sitting on the edge of his bed, she spoke softly to him.
"Peter, do you remember learning the twenty-third Psalm in Sunday School?" she asked.
Peter nodded, " 'The Lord is my shepherd ...' "
"That's right. It says God takes care of us always—the way a shepherd cares for his sheep. You remember how Mrs. Eddy substitutes 'divine Love' for 'the Lord' in her interpretation of that psalm to give us a clearer sense of God's love?"
Peter could only vaguely remember it, so Mother read some of the psalm to him out of Science and Health. When she came to the line "[Love] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies" Science and Health, p. 578. she stopped and asked Peter, "Now God prepares a table of blessings every day for us, but—in the presence of our 'enemies'? Who do you think our enemies are?"
He thought for a minute. Then his face lit up, and he said, "Why, wrong thoughts are the enemies! Aren't they?"
"That's the way it seems to me, Peter. And the Psalmist goes on to say that God gives us special good, and our 'cup runneth over' with blessings."
"And today is a day when we are counting our blessings—Thanksgiving!" said Peter.
"And we'll all be eating dinner soon, so get washed up. And remember, we've invited no enemies to our table. OK?"
"OK!" said Peter. Soon he was enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with his family, perfectly healed. It was a day for really giving thanks.
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