In thinking about prayer and gratitude, we know that gratitude is an integral part of healing prayer.
Gratitude is something felt deeply and strongly within the heart, and if we truly are comprehending God to be infinite, omnipresent good… we simply cannot pray in Christian Science without acknowledging God to be the Allness of good, the Allness of Truth.
So often we hear expressions of gratitude and love for others, love for our neighbor, and gratitude for kindness of others. But not as often do we hear expression of gratitude for God – expression of love for God – – just for being God, – – love for infinite Truth, just for being infinite All.
Yet perhaps this is the greatest gratitude of all.
Sometimes in early mornings, I listen with such appreciation to the multitude of bird songs coming from the trees. The amazing multitude of infinitely varying songs – – yet each is sung clearly and individually expressive and distinctive.
Such joy expressed in these morning songs! Not a single one waits to be asked for their song. Singing their joy is an aspect of their nature. Isn’t this also an aspect of our nature as God’s precious ideas?
This thought strikes me as so relevant to our own living of our gratitude for Christian Science. No expression of gratitude can be lost or unappreciated by God. We certainly have the realization of gratitude in our hearts for all the good which God is, and God is doing.
Whatever we are praying about, it is essential that we don’t wait to be asked for our song of gratitude. But let us sing as the birds so joyously do – – let us sing freely of our gratitude for God being God – – the All-in-all infinite good, Love – which enfolds and includes every precious idea
I’ve been thinking recently about the concept of abundance. We all know the word, and I think we all recognize the feeling of abundance of any good thing. Now the question comes: ‘what is the most valuable sort of abundance?’
If I have 3 bushels of apples, it certainly is an abundance of apples (!) – as compared to a single apple on the counter. But how much feeling of real richness or wealth does having those bushels give to my heart ? Perhaps real abundance of value, is that which is recognized in spiritual qualities. Doesn’t an abundance of joy fill our heart to overflowing in ways that multiple bushels of apples or fruit can’t begin to ?
In Proverbs 4: 23, we read, “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.”
Perhaps we need to gauge real abundance by the joy and love with which our hearts are filled. Simply keeping or holding onto all those bushels of apples really doesn’t pour love and joy into our hearts. But if we use those bushels of fruit for giving to hungry persons, – – – be alert to the peace and joy and richness felt within your heart resulting from that very activity of heart-impelled giving.
So simply having an abundance of apples — or any other good thing, doesn’t enrich our heart. Rather it is the very heart-impelled activity of generosity which brings richness and joy to us. Giving, kindness, and generosity on behalf of others certainly attest to their source as spiritual qualities. Giving which emanates of compassion is rich indeed!
So, for all of us, our acts of generosity, and living / giving of our understanding of spiritual qualities is certainly a sure way to ‘keep our heart with all diligence’, and enhance our own understanding of the richness of divine Life, which is Love.
And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. (Isa. 65: 24)
When you make the phone call to Upward Wing, a Christian Science nurse who is ready to rejoice with you in witnessing healing will answer!
Let’s first walk through the steps in placing the call.
- When you dial Upward Wing (855-276-4968), an automated voice will instruct you to press a number. This number resets daily, depending upon who is on call for that day. Be sure to listen closely for the daily number.
- After you select and press the number, you will hear the name of the Christian Science nurse who is currently on call. At this point, please be patient as the system transfers your call to the phone of the Christian Science nurse. You will hear a brief series of tones as this step completes.
- Usually we answer your call immediately. If not, rest assured, we check our phones regularly, and you may expect a prompt return call. Please be sure to leave your name and telephone number. This part is strictly confidential. Only the Christian Science nurse will hear your message. If you have not received a return call within 30 minutes, do feel free to call again.
The Christian Science nurse that answers your call will ask you some simple questions to determine your needs. These questions include your address, phone number, and the name of the Journal-listed practitioner with whom you are working. We then schedule a visit which may occur immediately, if needed, or in the future. Our visits typically last between 1- 3 hours. We are happy to return until healing is evidenced.
We answer our phones 24 hours a day, year round, and look forward to being of service.
Talk to you soon!
Director of Visiting Christian Science Nursing
Serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Overlook House/Upward Wing has been a blessing of both humbling and truly enriching benefit. The joy felt from working with a group of dedicated Christian Scientists whose hearts are prayerfully pursuing the outreach of Christian Science Nursing in Northern Ohio is a gift. We have felt great generosity and love among Christian Scientists throughout the field. As we continue moving toward consistency of support for the Manual provision of Christian Science Nursing, we would like to offer this web “corner” for sharing some of the gifts we’ve received of prayerful thought and insight.
Our sharing here will be a thank you ‘gift-offering’ of our love to all hearts interested in Mary Baker Eddy’s establishment of Christian Science Nursing.
We are calling this our “Sharing Corner” as we welcome your prayerful thoughts and comments shared back in response.
Lovingly, Gayle Weber, CS