When dark, sad, or doubtful thoughts feel overwhelming, it may seem hard to see the forest through the trees, let alone a light at the end of the tunnel. But regardless of what experiences have recently come to pass, or even lingering feelings from past experiences long ago, the light and peace of God is not far away. Turning thought to a little gratitude goes a long way.
Right where we are, in that moment of heaviness, all we’re dealing with is thought. Yes — what we’re dealing with, all the time, is only thought! So even in that very moment we’re always capable of turning thought to something better, higher, and holier. By utilizing prayer, that’s how we turn away from all evil.
That darkness, doubt, sadness, etc — aka mortal mind as Mary Baker Eddy defined it1 — is so full of fear. But the wonderful fact is, fear and all its clamoring friends, are powerless against divine Love, God. Our God, the one infinite God, is ever at hand and is ever-present and omnipotent good. And when we turn thought to gratitude, we’re opening the flood-gates to the power of good—divine Love’s healing power. And expressing gratitude is a very powerful form of prayer.
Just acknowledging a little thankfulness for what is good in our lives, is really our thought turning to God, our Father-Mother, with heartfelt thankfulness that brings healing. That inner turning, the moment of pivot, allows each of us to hear God’s love for us. Yes, we may be thanking God in prayer, but God, in that same moment is saying to each of us, “I love you! I have never left you alone, nor have you ever been beyond my safekeeping.”2
We often hear that prayer is us working to help God understand that we need more good to our lives. Really it’s the other way around: God is always speaking to us, helping us, and supplying infinite good, but sometimes we get off-track and become more concerned with our own personal opinions and human desires. Most of the time we need only a slight realignment to help us realize all the good, from God, that is present and is within us. Sometimes a vigorous effort is needed. But in both cases, we’re never far from God’s loving grace, the healing Christ, which banishes all error and evil on our behalf.
Divine Love is ever with you! No matter where you are or how much good, or bad, seems to be in your life right now, take a moment to acknowledge the fact that divine Love’s supply of good is present within you and the fact that all good comes only from God, Spirit, — and that good is never in nor from matter. You’ll feel a difference —you’ll feel more attuned, more peaceful, and you’ll hear God’s love spoken to you directly.
Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.
—Exodus 33:11 (NLT)
May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
—2 Peter 1:2-3 (NLT)
Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more. Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.3