Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you have a great holiday and enjoy giving gratitude!

Here are two inspiring blog posts about the healing effect that gratitude has.

It seems like a lot of people–including Oprah–think gratitude is healing. Is it really healing or does it just make you feel better?

…This experience helps to illustrate the two ways that I’ve come to think about gratitude. First, it can be a means for rising higher in thought so that I can commune with God and reach the summit of what God is seeing or knowing. Seeing things from God’s perspective is kind of like the view you see from the top of a mountain: The completeness and glory of the view are always there, but the fullness of that view becomes increasingly apparent the higher you go. Only at the summit do you get the full 360 degrees— where no part of the view is blocked….

Thanksgiving Grace

…Imagine the effect of the intention of sincere gratitude being expressed by millions of hearts in one day! I believe this effect can be healing, because whenever the heart is full of remembered blessings, how can there be room for hurt, resentment, anger, bitterness, fear? When those negative feelings are not remembered, well, they simply disappear. Healing is the lasting effect…the healing effect of grace….

A gratitude attitude & my grandparents

I find thinking of others and feeling grateful so healing.

I’ve been thinking of my grandparents recently. They are moving to a senior community tomorrow about a half hour away from their current home. My aunt has been so kind in finding a place for them, making the arrangements and taking care of the move.

I admire and am so grateful for the way my family looks out for one another. This move affects all of us particularly because “Grandma’s house” has been the place that our family has congregated since I was a child. Over the past several years, though, we have all seen how much upkeep a large house takes and that all of the “stuff” they have accumulated or saved for us isn’t really necessary for any of us. I’m grateful for the freedom they will find in their new apartment, and for the community and activity they will get to enjoy.

I’m trusting in God that there can’t be any loss from their move. For example, we have other relatives homes where we can all get together for the holidays. I know that God prepares a place and makes radiant room for each of us. God takes care of all the details. Trusting all the accommodations to God leaves my family in the prime position of witnessing God’s love and blessings for all of us, without stress or worry.

As I mentioned in the beginning, being grateful and thinking of others is healing. As I focus my thought more on my family, the world and other loved ones, I become more grateful – more aware of good. These thoughts naturally bless my home, family, body, and experience. These are just the wonderful side-effects – or spiritual law – of thinking of others and feeling grateful.

So, if you’re feeling down today, open your thought to gratitude. It is sure to brighten your day.

By the way, Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day!

Gratitude & Thanksgiving – Why I Love Christian Science

 

Even as I write the title of this blog, my heart fills with warmth and love.  I am so grateful for Christian Science, and the understanding of God that it unlocks.   And, lately, as I have been learning more about spiritual creation, I have been moved to reminisce of my family and growing up with Christian Science.

 

My childhood wasn’t humanly perfect, – growing up with a single mom, living in a condo, being the youngest of two.  But as I look back, I remember a sense of love.  The memory of my childhood is wrapped up in an aura of divine Love.  We were taught that God loves us, and that “divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 494) I felt that God takes care of every aspect of us being human, and we are His beloved children.  And I also knew there wasn’t a need to worry or fear; I couldn’t be deprived of anything that was good.

 

My family and I had lots of physical healings through prayer (with the help of a Christian Science practitioner, – an individual who supports you in prayer), such as colds, chicken pox, bloody noses, cuts and scrapes, sports injuries, nausea, warts, etc.

 

We learned how to pray in Sunday School, to align our thought with God.  We were taught that God is Mind, and always gives us every “angel” idea that we need to make us feel better or to direct and guide us.  We were told that God created us spiritually, in His image and likeness (Gen 1:26), therefore we are his spiritual, perfect creation (S&H, p. 468). I grew up being told that I was God’s perfect child (even if I didn’t always act that way 🙂 ).

 

Even in my teen years, when I decided to live a more material lifestyle, and got myself into all kinds of things, I always knew there was a better way.  I could love Him and live as God’s child if I wanted to.  Well eventually I did want to.  Life with God in it makes me more happy, secure and confident.  And it’s been a joy to “re-discover” Christian Science, and what it tells me about God and my relationship to Him, in my adult years.  It makes me feel like a kid again, – like the perfect child of God that I am and always will be, just as I was taught in childhood.

 

Now it’s wonderful to share the nature of God, as explained through Christian Science, with others.  Christian Science has given me a fuller life, a greater understanding of God and everyone’s relationship with Him, and has made me a more loving, selfless and giving person.  I’m so grateful for every opportunity to learn more about spiritual existence each day.  Happy Thanksgiving!