November 2020 — The Gift of Gratitude

“In God I find a precious gift
That knows no fear, no feud,
That glows so still, serene, and pure:
The gift of gratitude.”
Christian Science Hymnal No. 146

In this most unusual year, when some of us are far from loved ones, kept separated for longer than many of us anticipated, we may find it difficult to draw upon the precious gift that divine Love expresses in every one of us: gratitude.

As Christian Scientists, we naturally look to the example and teachings of Jesus to help lift us from a limited, mortal view, and enable us to follow in his upward steps to become ever more receptive to healing ourselves and others.

Jesus comforted his followers, telling them not to fear, not to keep looking outward for happiness, for supply, for true satisfaction. Rather, he taught, “…the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). In other words, all that brings us true happiness already lies within each of our hearts.

As Mary Baker Eddy writes: “It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 494: 11-14).

As we draw on our innate gratitude, we are freed from “fear or feud,” leaving us “serene and pure.” Gratitude wipes out any feelings of lack, loneliness, or fear. Gratitude is the God-given awareness of abundant good. The more we recognize and express this gift, the more satisfaction we feel, whatever our outward circumstances. This consciousness of good opens the door to comfort, blessings and healing for all.

We, at High Ridge House, are honored and grateful that we can provide Christian Science nursing care and witness healing in this sacred ministry.

We send our profound gratitude to each of you for being our Partners in Healing.

With love and gratitude,

Marivic Mabanag
Executive Director