Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now

LESSON 123 I Thank My Father for His Gifts to Me.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Today in gratitude we lift our hearts above despair, and raise are 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 and 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.
  7. Receive His thanks and offer yours to Him for 15 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.
  8. 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.[1]
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Notes and Personal Application:  Today we spend fifteen minutes in the morning and fifteen minutes in the evening thanking God and receiving His thanks.  We are on the path to our return to Him.  We do not dream of turning back – we have come too far, we have received His gifts, we have remembered His Love.  Even though we may have our little doubts and our uncertainties, we know that God is our Everything.  We are one with Him; He is devoted to us and would never leave us, abandon us, or let us rot in the self-made hell of separation. 

Today we are thankful.  Our hearts well up with our love for Him and His love for us.  Jesus says today that we have come to gentler pathways and to smoother roads.  We can feel it inside. Sometimes this path of return seems hard, if not impossible!  Sometimes the reality of God seems dim while the illusion of bodies and ego and time distract us, entice us, engage us, and manipulate us through our fascinations, drives, and desires in the flesh.  But today we put that aside.  We trust in Him.  We know none of that matters.  God’s Will must be done – this other stuff that happens in time passes away.  It fades.  It is no more, but God’s Will never changes; never fades; never fails. 

We hear the Voice for God; we take the time to seek Him, to still our minds and listen to Holy Spirit, our Friend and our Guide.  We listen to His call.  We answer His call.  And God thanks us for that.  Jesus tells us that an unheard message will not save the world – no matter how mighty, no matter how loving.  But we hear the message and we accept His gifts, and as He shares with us, we share with others filling the world with gladness and with gratitude.  Today was bright and warm and wonderful.  A day of devotion.  A day of gratitude to God for all His goodness.  We are thankful for our health, for clean water, for each other…our list of what we are thankful for today would fill pages and still there would be more.  But most of all, we are thankful to God our Father, who did not abandon us in our confusion, for saving us from the pointlessness of the ego, for delivering us from pettiness and greed.  We are thankful for the saving grace of Christ Jesus Who reminds us we one in Him.

[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Student.  Lesson 123 I thank my Father…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). pp. 220-221.