The Name of Jesus Christ

“Remembering the Name of Jesus Christ is to give thanks for all the gifts that God has given you.  And gratitude to God becomes the way in which he is remembered, for love cannot be far behind a grateful heart and thankful mind.  (M58)”

Affirmation:  “Love cannot be far behind a grateful heart.”


Calling on the Name of Jesus in prayer is not a magical act.  It reminds us that he is our elder brother, who is there to help us whenever we ask.  He promises this in the Course.  At one point he recommends that we imagine him taking our hand and leading us, and he assures us that this will be no idle fantasy.

Being grateful and thankful are keys to the Kingdom.  We are so often not grateful for the good that we receive.  No sooner than we have received it than we are off asking for something else–never stopping very long to say “thank you.”    But this passage indicates that love will follow a grateful and thankful heart and mind.  And love is the opposite of fear, love and fear being the only two emotions (the rest being variants of these two).

So, with a grateful heart, thank God in prayer for the blessings that He has given us.  And use Jesus’s Name, if we can feel secure in doing so.  As an elder brother, he appreciates (as do we) that we are giving credit to him when it is due.  (This is an interpretation, not a Course tenet.)


Dear Father/Mother,

I am grateful for my many blessings, and I feel this both in my heart and my mind.  Your blessings pour out on those who are grateful for what they already have.  May I be careful to acknowledge Your presence in my life today.

Thank you for Jesus’s help.  He has promised to be with us also, and we pray in his name.


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