My friend Lisa, visiting from Arizona
_ That is the literal meaning of action(s) de grâce, or thanksgiving. Sometimes written with an s and sometimes without, the word action can refer to doing or to something accomplished or already done. In French the word grâce signifies favor, pardon, redemption, divine help, or prayer.
Thanksgiving Day in the United States commemorates the courage, fortitude and blessings bestowed on those who came before us in the early days of American history. The first Thanksgiving Day marked a new beginning for them. It can also signify a new beginning for us.
While Thanksgiving gives a special opportunity to focus on the good we have received - divine favor, pardon, redemption and help, it also encourages us to engage in doing even more good in the world through our prayers.
_Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.3)
Today, as we feel and express gratitude for the abundance of love and evidence of divine grace in our lives, lets bravely throw our arms open wide to the new opportunities that divine Love is giving us to bless others.
"My prayer, some daily good to do
To Thine, for Thee;
An offering pure of Love, whereto
God leadeth me." Mary Baker Eddy
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no