Gather and Give Thanks
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Thanksgiving is a time for Giving Thanks, expressing gratitude – a time to gather and count our blessings. It is a time to recognize and appreciate good.
Mary Baker Eddy writes: "Gratitude and love should abide in every heart each day of all the years." (Church Manual 60: 15-17
) Moreover, in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
, Mrs. Eddy gives us an interesting definition of "tithe." It reads in part: "Tithe. Contribution; tenth part; homage; gratitude." (p. 595: 22
A contribution is something given freely. A tenth part will vary, depending on what is being measured. For example, by today’s standards a ten percent tip at a restaurant may be considered ungenerous. If we desire to tithe our time, a contribution of 2.4 hours a day may seem like a lot. But if we look at tithes as homage and gratitude, then there is no limit to the tithes we can offer.
As many have experienced, gratitude is a powerful force in healing. For instance, Jesus thanked his heavenly Father first before he raised Lazarus from the dead. (See John 11:41
) Gratitude speeds our spiritual progress and healing.
We at High Ridge House have much for which to be grateful: our dedicated Christian Science nurses and the staff that supports their work; the many volunteers who give their time and talent to help us; and our big-hearted donors whose generosity supports our mission. Each day, we are grateful for every evidence of the healing Christ’s presence – from the least thought purged and corrected ... to health and lives fully restored. Together, we celebrate our reliance on God’s bounty and grace.
This Thanksgiving and beyond, we invite you to gather your individual tithes of gratitude and share them with others. It is through gratefulness and the genuine appreciation of good that we all progress Spirit-ward. After all, as good is appreciated, it multiplies and grows.
Grateful to each of you,
Marivic B. Mabanag