Around Thanksgiving time in 2015 I was struggling with an ugly skin condition. Because it was winter, I could cover up, and very few people were aware of my problem. On the basis of my understanding that God is All, I began praying to deny that this condition had any power over me—a stand I had learned to take as a student of Christian Science.
My prayer brought continual messages to praise God and give Him glory, which I took to mean that I needed to be grateful for all the healings I’d already had and to share them with others. I understood that health is a spiritual quality given to us by God, and that it was important to give thanks even in the midst of dealing with a challenge—just as our Way-shower, Christ Jesus, gave thanks to God before he raised Lazarus (see John 11:41). And I was very familiar with the idea that “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).
So I took action. I gave thanks at the Thanksgiving Day church service for all the good in my life and for my spiritual growth throughout the previous year. I also wrote and submitted a testimony and an article for publication in the Christian Science magazines.