The Bible tells us to come to God with thanksgiving. Although Thanksgiving Day in the United States is often celebrated with food and family, it symbolizes gratitude for salvation. For me, gratitude to God has often helped me find salvation from sickness. This wasn’t something I just stumbled upon. Rather, I’m inspired by Jesus and how he showed us the power of gratitude many times. When Jesus fed the 5,000, raised Lazarus, even when confronted by enemies, Jesus stopped to give thanksgiving to God for His omnipotence and power usually before the magnificent ‘miracles,’ or demonstrations of God’s goodness, happened.
We can do that today as well: stop for a few moments and come to God with thanksgiving for all the good, no matter how much. You can take time — 30 seconds, 5 minutes, or an hour — and acknowledge God’s supremacy and power, and that we, our families, and our communities — even our world — are never separated for a moment from God’s tender care. By mentally admitting that God’s infinite power is governing all, we naturally bless and benefit everyone around us. I know I, for one, need reminding of God’s omnipotence daily! More than this, our world needs to know more about this fact, too. Everyone needs to know that God’s Truth — His healing Christ or divine power — is an ever-present power. It’s here to save all of us, and it keeps us safe, from every form of destruction.
O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
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. Action expresses more gratitude than speech.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.3:22