October is considered by many to be the launch of a special time of year—the holiday season. Beginning with a day set aside for Thanksgiving in mid-October or November, millions of people come together with family and friends to count their blessings, and perhaps to think about new ways to bless others.
That’s all good, but of course there is no single season of gratitude. We’re reminded by Psalms 69:30 that every day is an occasion to magnify God with thanksgiving: “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” That kind of gratitude—the kind that humbly acknowledges God as the source of all good—is immensely powerful. It shows up as selfless generosity, deep humility, and purity; love that defuses hate; honesty that disarms corruption; and joy that defeats sorrow. It’s Christly and is integral to health and harmony. And the best part is that it comes naturally to each one of us as we turn to God every day of the year.
These powerful ideas from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, are front and center in this year’s Thanksgiving Bible Lesson, which gently reassures us of God’s unspeakable daily gifts of mercy, grace, and sheer abundance. We’re reminded that, like an open fount, God never stops pouring out good that refreshes us, redeems us, and even restores us to life!