Attitude of gratitude
By: Elaina Simpson, C.S.
I'd love to use this time this evening to focus on GRATITUDE!
"I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works."
Gratitude is not just something we have only for this evening. As God's creation, we each have the natural ability to have a constant attitude of gratitude.
In giving more constant gratitude, it has helped me to think of spiritual ideas rather than things. While the surface-level, limited, things may run out or feel unsatisfying, giving gratitude for thoughts/ideas is something that we can do constantly.
Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science writes,
"Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul. These ideas are perfectly real and tangible to spiritual consciousness, and they have this advantage over the objects and thoughts of material sense, — they are good and eternal."
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 269:14–20)
While being grateful for a car or a house isn't necessarily bad, it has expanded my own sense of gratitude when appreciating the ideas that God is always giving his children.
For example; transportation, movement, protection, affection, joy. These are unlimited gifts from God that, according to spiritual sense, are blessing all of God's creation.
In Paul's letter to the Corinthians he wrote, "While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
(II Cor 4:18)
When we have a spiritual attitude of gratitude, we actively demonstrate our oneness with divine Mind, God. In our oneness with God and in our spirituality, we see that gratitude is innate. We acknowledge the nowness of God's goodness, rather than accepting an "I'll be happy when..." -mentality. Gratitude also removes feelings of lack, and greater expands our perspective of what we do have, in God, Love.
If you’d like, take a moment this evening to make a written or mental gratitude list, or send a friend some nice words of gratitude. There is no formula to prayer, do what you feel inspired to do in your own prayer. I’ll do this this evening as well.
Picture from DoveAndOliveLeaf on instagram It's only fitting this evening that I share some gratitude for those reading this. Quickly... Thank you! It has been especially fun to hear of others sharing these posts with those new to CS. In the "Resources for Spiritual Study" section of the site, I post all the links to JSH online, the textbook on Christian Science Healing and more. Christian Science has blessed me immensely and because of this, I love to share little tid-bits once a week, apart of my Christian Science practice. I am grateful to have this "online office" as one of the various ways to give back for all CS has given me. Posting on here weekly has also been a blessing to me, so thank you! I am also so grateful for Christian Science! I started posting weekly on this site at the start of the Pandemic. For the future, I am unsure of for how long I will keep posting, or how often. For now, I'll be here on Mondays for the near future. It has been a joy and I love writing! Apart of the practice, I've loved to support the Christian Science periodicals by writing (as many do), and will still continue to do so. 'See' you next Monday!
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