"Sing the Song of Thankfulness"
From the book "A Course in Miracles"
Today let us be thankful. Let us think of gratitude instead of anger, malice and revenge. We have been given everything. Let us not refuse to recognize it. Gratitude becomes the single thought we substitute for these insane perceptions. God has cared for us, and calls us His Beloved. Can there be more than this?
Our gratitude will pave the way to Him, and shorten our learning time by more than we could ever dream of. Gratitude goes hand in hand with love, and where one is, the other must be found. For gratitude is but an aspect of the Love which is the Source of all creation. God give thanks to you, His Beloved, for being what your are: His Own completion and the Source of love, along with Him. Your gratitude to Him is one with His to you. For love can walk no road except the way of gratitude, and thus we go who walk the way to God.
Let us be thankful. A day devoted to gratitude will add the benefit of some insight into the real extent of all the gains which we have made; the gifts we have received. Be glad today, in loving thankfulness, our Father has not left us to ourselves, nor let us wander in the dark alone. Be grateful He has saved us from the self we thought we made to take the place of Him and His creation.
Give thanks that He has not abandoned us, and that His Love forever will remain shining on us, forever without change. Give thanks as well that we are changeless, for the Beloved He loves is changeless as Himself. Be grateful we are saved. Be glad we have a function to fulfill. Be thankful that our value far transcends our meager gifts and petty judgments of the one whom God established us as His Beloved.
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 thankfulness is yours as well. An unheard message will not save the world, however mighty be the Voice that speaks it, 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 Beloved, that the Beloved might rise above the world, remembering the Father and one’s Beloved Self. Love is the way we walk in gratitude.