The Fifth Commandment
“Honour thy father and thy mother”
Question: What part does “gratitude” play in honoring our parents?
Answer: Some of the first words you were probably taught to say were “please” and “thank you.” Gratitude is what we feel when we say thank you to some one (and really mean it!). We also feel gratitude when we are happy for our blessings. If you take time to think about what your parents do for you, you might find that you are very, very grateful to have them in your life.
If, on the other hand, we forget to be thankful for our parents, we are being ungrateful and
expressing ingratitude, and we would not be honoring them.
“Art thou a child, and hast added one furrow to the brow of care? . . . Hast thou a friend, and
forgettest to be grateful? Remember, that for all this thou alone canst and must atone.” (Mis. 339)
“Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech.” (S&H 3)
“What is gratitude but a powerful camera obscura, a thing focusing light where love, memory, and all within the human heart is present to manifest light.” (My 164)
“A grateful heart a garden is,
Where there is always room
For every lovely, Godlike grace
To come to perfect bloom.”
(Christian Science Hymnal, Hymn 3)
Practice: Start planting your garden of gratitude by thanking your parents each day for the many little things they do for you. Don’t forget to thank God, too!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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