November 2018 — Thoughts on Thanksgiving

“Our gratitude is riches”
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 249)

What a great reminder. Picture a cornucopia filled with cards of gratitude. Gratitude for lessons learned, for progress, for blessings, for healing and for God’s limitless expressions of good.

In counting our blessings, High Ridge House is grateful for Mary Baker Eddy’s provision for the Christian Science nurse in the Church Manual and her other reference to Christian Science nurse in the textbook:

“The nurse should be cheerful, orderly, punctual, patient, full of faith,
— receptive to Truth and Love.”
(Science and Health 395:18-20)

What lovely qualities to spill from a bounty of gratitude! We are grateful to all who embrace these qualities as a standard of care and conduct that can be applied to nursing ourselves, our churches and our world. This theme of “Nursing Ourselves, Our Churches and Our World” is the metaphysical focus that we have been working on and expanding during the past couple of years. It is our means of spreading love “among the brethren.” And it informs our activities that reach out to you and our larger community.

We are grateful to you – our friends and supporters and our dedicated staff – who are committed to the embodiment and practice of these qualities as a means of blessing others and our world. We appreciate each and every one of you who walks with us in this endeavor.

The sweet hymn that opens this month’s ENews continues on the next line: “complaint is poverty.” That brings us to Mrs. Eddy’s other reference to the Christian Science nurse in the textbook:

“An ill-tempered, complaining, or deceitful person should not be a nurse.”
(Science and Health 395:17-18)

Those are the proverbial foxes that spoil the grapes, the dispositional issues that tread upon our tender healing qualities. The ending verses of Psalm 144:14 include a series of petitions for prosperity plus the hope “that there be no complaining in our streets.”

May your Thanksgiving be filled not with the impoverished thought that complains, but rather with good cheer, gratitude, patience, a timely response to needs and faith that moves mountains.

With grateful love from all of us at High Ridge House,

Marivic B. Mabanag
Executive Director