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November 9, 2013

The power of giving thanks

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For example, on the website christianscience.com there are many articles written by people who were healed of various illnesses through the power of gratitude. A woman who was suffering from asthma wrote one such article. When she called a friend for prayerful support, the friend suggested she start being grateful. The woman was in bed flat on her back and didn’t know where to begin. Eventually, she started with a few small things. She was grateful for her clean bed, the sunny day and a quiet place to pray. Her list began to grow over the next several days — even though there was no apparent physical progress. Then one evening she went to a weekly gratitude meeting at the camp where she was employed for the summer. After expressing gratitude for her improved outlook, she knew she was healed. The physical symptoms faded shortly thereafter. The author of the article was writing 20 years after the experience and has been free from asthma ever since (Oct. 11, 2004 Christian Science Sentinel).

Gratitude — it’s a healing attitude! As both stories suggest, it can be as simple as being grateful for a sunny day that gets the mental wheels turning. This Thanksgiving let’s celebrate the power of gratitude. We can feel the beneficial effects of this power, and so can our families, our communities and our world.

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Katie Martin is a member of the Christian Science church at 22 Inn St. in downtown Newburyport. The church will be hosting a Thanksgiving service open to the public on Thanksgiving Day from 10-11 a.m. Testimonies of gratitude and healing will be shared by congregants in addition to singing of hymns, and listening to readings from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. No collection will be taken. For more information, log on to christiansciencenewburyport.com.

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