Gratitude and love should abide in every heart
each day of all the years.¹
Today and every day, we extend to each of you an invitation to further cultivate gratefulness in your heart and to allow your heart to be knit together with us in love.
Our Leader Mary Baker Eddy serves as a guiding light for students of the Christ. Within many faith traditions, gratitude plays a significant role. According to the 20th century Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” it is only through gratitude that life becomes rich.” In Islam, the Koran says that if you count God's blessings, you will not be able to number them. In the Jewish tradition, the Hebrew term for gratitude is hakarat hatov, which means, literally, "recognizing the good." Recognizing the good that is already ours is practicing gratitude.
As we have experienced with both our patients and staff at High Ridge House, seeing and acknowledging good can be a step out of darkness, distress or illness and a step into the light and into healing. When we are sick, feeling under pressure or faced with insurmountable challenges, and still thanking God, we are a powerful witness to God’s grace and Spirit in our lives.
How does this “knitting together” work? Paul tells us in Colossians 2:2-3:
That their hearts might be comforted,
being knit together in love,
and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding,
to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God,
and of the Father, and of Christ;
In whom are hid all the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge.
As we express gratitude, our hearts are knit together with God, and we awaken to God’s view of us as perfect, whole and complete. And as we give the credit and thanksgiving to God, we direct others to the source of our blessings and gratitude as well.
Mrs. Eddy also wrote in 1886, “One of the most difficult things to express, when genuine, is gratitude. It is easy enough to feel it, but not so easy to do justice to that feeling with words.”²
Gratitude is an expression of love and care for others. And that love and care is a form of nursing. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you wherever your nursing practice takes you.
Marivic Bay Mabanag
¹ Church Manual 60:15
² Christian Science Journal, January 1, 1886