Gratitude as the Oil of Healing

Gratitude as the Oil of Healing


A guest post written by Nancy Piersall

I’ve been told that gratitude is to healing as oil is to an engine. If you are having car trouble, you don’t say, “I know the engine needs oil. I’ll put oil in as soon as the engine is running well.” The engine needs the oil to run well! Have you ever found yourself thinking, “I’ll be so grateful when this situation or condition is healed?” Maybe the situation or condition needs gratitude first!

When I was in first grade, my dad was returning home from serving in Vietnam. Our family needed to move, and my mom was looking hard for a new house. She had certain conditions: it had to be a rental within a limited budget, three bedrooms, near an elementary school, and clean. She answered listings in the newspaper several different times, but didn’t find anything. As a lifelong Christian Scientist, it was natural for her to pray and apply the principles of Christian Science to this situation. One afternoon after another disappointing search, she was driving home and said aloud that she was grateful to God that our family had always had an adequate place to live and that she knew God would continue to provide for us. Mentally, she turned over the whole search process to God. That evening, the neighborhood paperboy threw a copy of the local paper on our front walk, even though we did not subscribe to it. In the paper were several listings for rentals in a nearby city. My mom followed up on these listings the next day and ended up needing to choose between three houses that all met of her criteria.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more.” Look around you and see the blessings you already have – and never underestimate the power of gratitude in healing any situation!

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  1. Tracy says

    What a great article – and such an important reminder that gratitude really does change our lives for the better. Thanks so much for this, Nancy!

  2. Sue says

    What a wonderful illustration to the writer and her family of God’s goodness and abundance being there when it was needed. Turning away from what the material sense of things seemed to be and staying alert and ready for good to be seen, is always a good idea. There is always an answer if we keep listening and moving forward. Nice to know there is no limit on good and His blessings. Helps us to stay healthy, happy and making progress in life.

  3. Rube Wolf says

    It brings to mind Hymn #3,,A grateful heart a garden is, Where there is always room For every lovely God-like grace To come to perfect bloom

    Gratitude brings more and more blessings …..

    What a wonderful message….

  4. Marc Thompson says

    Love the car/gratitude comparison and your mother’s application of her gratitude. Thanks for sharing both!

  5. Elena Shideler says

    Perfect analogy, we go through this world asking for good to come to us, not realizing that if we are grateful for the good already received that will open our eyes to see that we have more than we will ever need!
    The good is already within us but we are too busy complaining and we can’t see it…