Wednesday, July 16, 2008

-Lesson 123 “I thank my Father for His gifts to me.”

LESSON 123


I thank my Father for His gifts to me.


Today let us be thankful. We have come to gentler pathways and to smoother roads. There is no thought of turning back, and no implacable resistance to the truth. A bit of wavering remains, some small objections and a little hesitance, but you can well be grateful for your gains, which are far greater than you realize.


A day devoted now to gratitude will add the benefit of some insight into the real extent of all the gains which you have made; the gifts you have received. Be glad today, in loving thankfulness, your Father has not left you to yourself, nor let you wander in the dark alone. Be grateful He has saved you from the self you thought you made to take the place of Him and His creation. Give Him thanks today.


Give thanks that He has not abandoned you, and that His Love forever will remain shining on you, forever without change. Give thanks as well that you are changeless, for the Son He loves is changeless as Himself. Be grateful you are saved. Be glad you have a function in salvation to fulfill. Be thankful that your value far transcends your meager gifts and petty judgments of the one whom God established as His Son.


Today in gratitude we lift our hearts above despair, and raise our thankful eyes, no longer looking downward to the dust. We sing the song of thankfulness today, in honor of the Self that God has willed to be our true Identity in Him. Today we smile on everyone we see, and walk with lightened footsteps as we go to do what is appointed us to do.


We do not go alone. And we give thanks that in our solitude a Friend has come to speak the saving Word of God to us. And thanks to you for listening to Him. His Word is soundless if it be not heard. In thanking Him the thanks are yours as well. An unheard message will not save the world, however mighty be the Voice that speaks, however loving may the message be.


Thanks be to you who heard, for you become the messenger who brings His Voice with you, and lets It echo round and round the world. Receive the thanks of God today, as you give thanks to Him. For He would offer you the thanks you give, since He receives your gifts in loving gratitude, and gives them back a thousand and a hundred thousand more than they were given. He will bless your gifts by sharing them with you. And so they grow in power and in strength, until they fill the world with gladness and with gratitude.


Receive His thanks and offer yours to Him for fifteen minutes twice today. And you will realize to Whom you offer thanks, and Whom He thanks as you are thanking Him. This holy half an hour given Him will be returned to you in terms of years for every second; power to save the world eons more quickly for your thanks to Him.


Receive His thanks, and you will understand how lovingly He holds you in His Mind, how deep and limitless His care for you, how perfect is His gratitude to you. Remember hourly to think of Him, and give Him thanks for everything He gave His Son, that he might rise above the world, remembering his Father and his Self.







The Following is Forwarded from Pathwaysoflight.org


-Lesson 123
“I thank my Father for His gifts to me.”

One of the sentences that stood out to me in this lesson is “give thanks as well that you are changeless.” This means that the only part of me that is real is changeless Love. This also means that the only part of everyone in this world that is real is the changeless Love, as God created them. This makes everything very simple. All the complications of this world disappear. There is only one reality. Everyone in this whole world is still as God created them.

There are no differences or distance between people of any kind. We are still one Self, joined in the Mind of God. We are still the same Light of Love, joy and peace as we were created. Nothing has changed that reality. Anything else is meaningless illusion. This certainly simplifies my “life.” My only real life is the life I live in God, and that has never changed. For this I am grateful. God’s gifts to me and everyone, the whole Sonship, are eternal. God’s gift of extending eternal Love never ends.

As I open to receive God’s gifts, I give them because giving and receiving are the same. God is changeless. God’s gifts are changeless and I am thankful today that this is so.


Today’s idea is the antidote to the desire for specialness that is the foundation of this world. When I express gratitude for my Father’s gifts to me, I am accepting His gifts. The desire for specialness is the rejection of God’s gifts. It’s saying to God, “What you gave me isn't good enough. I want more than everything.” This whole world was made to make it look like I could have other gifts than those my Father gave.

As I practice expressing my gratitude for God’s gifts, I’m really practicing accepting my Self. This Self is what God gave me. And it contains all of God. All Love. There is nothing else to give and nothing else to receive. The attempt to give and receive something else blinds me to God’s gifts and leaves me feeling empty and alone. As I affirm my gratitude for God’s gifts, I am recognizing where real value lies. I am shifting my attention from meaningless, empty forms to the only meaning there is. I am moving away from rejecting my Self as I was created toward accepting the magnificent, changeless gift of Love, given me by God. It shifts my attitude from depression to joy, from conflict to peace, from fear to Love.

I am deeply grateful for this Course, which offers me the means to recognize where real value lies and to recognize the meaningless for what it is. Today I will accept God’s gifts with gratitude. With gratitude comes joy and with joy comes the desire to share. And so I experience once again that receiving and giving are the same. They cannot be separated, just as joy and gratitude cannot be separated. Thank you Father for your gifts to me.


I have something specific to be grateful for. I was doing a meditation the other day and was looking for people I need to forgive. There is a man I work with who really gets on my nerves. I've tried to forgive him before, thought I had, and then he would do something to annoy me and I'd realize I had not forgiven.

I had a hard time with the process and resisted it awhile. My mind would wander, I'd find myself unable to focus on him. Every time I tried to see him differently, I would see his face with this expression that has always rubbed me the wrong way. There he would be with his eyebrows raised, his eyes widened and this self-satisfied smirk on his face like he knows something no one else knows. He looked like some kind of demented elf. How was I supposed to forgive this ridiculous image?!

I stuck with it, though, and finally I started thinking of him as an actor playing a role. I thought about how an actor is not his character. When the play is over, the actor walks away from that character and goes back to being himself.

Suddenly, my mind quit fighting the process. I realized that this person I didn't like was just a character in the script that he wrote for his life. It was like he was wearing a mask and if he took it off, I would see his holy self completely unchanged. When I tried to take that step and see him without his personality self, I was unable to do so. In my frustration, I finally said, "Holy Son of God, show yourself to me!" and he did! It was like a mask falling away and there was his splendid beautiful light self, minus all the annoying habits and many faults I had always seen in him.

Then suddenly I saw the raised eyebrows, the widened eyes, the smirk and it was like he was winking at our shared secret. I almost laughed out loud. I came out of that meditation feeling differently about him and hoping the feeling would last.

Yesterday, he was listening to one of my presentations and corrected something I did wrong in front of my customers. I was amazed that I didn't feel angry with him because I used to use any excuse to dislike him. Later when I had the chance, I thanked him sincerely for pointing out the mistake and told him that it gave me the chance to rewrite that part so that it was better now. The pleased look on his face was my reward. The real reward, though, is harder to put into words. I feel like someone who has had a chronic illness and is suddenly healed. It is a real blessing.

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