Love / Gratitude: the Good Life

ACIM Workbook Lesson 215 – for Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Affirmation:  “I am not a body.  I am free.  For I am still as God created me.”

“Love is the way I walk in gratitude.  (WB395)”

Reflections:

Keeping a gratitude journal has become a mainstream pop culture phenomenon, especially for those of us on the spiritual pathway.  When we do so, we are attuned, most of the time, to the love in our lives.  We find, in all likelihood, that we value most the intimate relationships that we treasure in our hearts–our brothers and sisters with whom we may have “holy instants” (an ACIM term).

When we feel love, it is easy to feel gratitude.  Even in the midst of difficult times (which come to all of us, despite the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings” that the Workbook describes), we will rise above our difficulty when we feel only gratitude for the good in our lives.  We are not being a Pollyanna when we feel this way.  It is supreme good sense.  If we don’t feel gratitude, we will probably wallow in self-pity, and this makes a reality that we would choose not to have.  We have that much power, as ACIM makes clear to us throughout virtually all of its pages.

When we feel love, we are seeing life at its best.  When we feel gratitude, we are inviting love.  The two are best linked, and then we will know the good life that A Course in Miracles was channeled for us to assume as our rightful heritage.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I do feel gratitude for the many blessings that I have experienced in my life.  I welcome the moments when I feel especially loving, but I am not consistent in that yet.  I would ask You to make me consistent in both gratitude and love.

Be with me today as I contemplate the uneasiness of life in this world.  So many of us struggle on a daily basis, and therefore need our assistance to get through the day.  May we be there for our brothers and sisters whose needs are greater than our own.  May we thank You for leading us to the places that we can give where giving is needed.

Amen.

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