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by Ken Cooper, a poetic contributor from Great Britain

“My Sentinel poem “Sing!”  is the reason we have Thanksgiving… “
“The Fall of Jericho” shows the … singing leading to my healing of mumps during an endemic…
“In the YouTube monologue/video … “Where are The Nine?”, the Samaritan … recognised his full healing … was… a complete renewal.”

[Ken writes:] “When we give thanks we are expressing love for something that has been done. In metaphysics time is a mortal measurement, and what has been done is the same as what will be, for in Mind seed and fruit are the same expression of the completeness of man and creation. Mary Baker Eddy wrote “Divine Love always has met, and always will meet, every human need.” (SH citation #21) This is not Love reacting to some shortfall, for there is none. It is Love expressing itself as man in all the fullness and knowledge of man in God’s image and likeness. When we give thanks, it is for the past, present, and future perfection of All that God is. When we sing it is with the joy that we have everything in abundance, – “all that I have is thine” (Luke 15:31 all) is the response of Love that covers every need!

“My Sentinel poem “Sing!”  is the reason we have Thanksgiving, for it is in singing that the heart rejoices and turns its full attention to God, and in so doing is blessed. It is a recognition of the infinity of God, that strips away the Adam dream of mortal life, and reveals what God made, – man in His image and likeness. When gratitude fills our hearts when we sing, we are lifted above the mortal to the immortal. The shared Journal link “The Fall of Jericho” shows the effect of singing leading to my healing of mumps during an endemic in the City where I was working, When I went back to work the following week, all reference to the endemic had ceased. In singing Mary Baker Eddy’s hymns this whole experience was fulfilling the words of the Golden Text: Oh give joyful praise to the Lord for his loyal love and goodness to each of us, and the amazing ways in which He looks after all His people”. (combined translations).

“The importance of gratitude was show in the story of the ten lepers in Section 3, citation 12. In my poem “Where are The Nine?”, the Samaritan that turned back recognised the full healing he had experienced was not just a physical event, which was all the other nine just wanted, but a complete renewal. The SH citation #18 “What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds. SH p. 4:3–5) is a beautiful summary of the transformation felt by this man, and his thankfulness represented the good deeds which is the call for gratitude in all that we do.

“It is also interesting to note Jesus’ response “Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.”  Was not this our Lord pointing out to those around him that giving glory to God, simple gratitude, is part and parcel of what we should be doing all the time? Thanksgiving Day is every day, for God’s glory is always around us, and our expression of God is our reflecting of His goodness.

“DAY. The objects of time and sense disappear in the illumination of spiritual understanding, and Mind measures time according to the good that is unfolded. This unfolding is God’s day, and “there shall be no night there.”  (SH p. 584: 1 ( to.), 4)

“Our Thanksgiving is a constant recognition of all the “very good” that God made.”

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