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Giving thanks starts with God

- Teachers Talk

I was at a recent Wednesday evening testimony meeting at my Christian Science branch church, listening to the gospel narrative of Jesus’ healing the ten lepers (see Luke 17:12–19). A corresponding citation from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy was also read. It says:

“Of the ten lepers whom Jesus healed, but one returned to give God thanks,—that is, to acknowledge the divine Principle which had healed him” (p. 94).

I realized, for the first time, that this is talking about specifically giving thanks to God—not just giving thanks. That didn’t mean the other nine people weren’t thankful. They were probably elated to be rid of a deforming, painful disease. That must have made them very happy. But their lack of gratitude to God left the healing, in their minds, as a mere human cure.

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