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Joining with the Joy of Extending Love

…gratitude remains a part of love.

Thanks be to you, the holy Son of God. ²For as you were created, you contain all things within your Self. ³And you are still as God created you. ⁴Nor can you dim the light of your perfection. ⁵In your heart the Heart of God is laid. ⁶He holds you dear, because you are Himself. ⁷All gratitude belongs to you, because of what you are.

Give thanks as you receive it. ²Be you free of all ingratitude to anyone who makes your Self complete. ³And from this Self is no one left outside. ⁴Give thanks for all the countless channels which extend this Self. ⁵All that you do is given unto Him. ⁶All that you think can only be His Thoughts, sharing with Him the holy Thoughts of God. ⁷Earn now the gratitude you have denied yourself when you forgot the function God has given you. ⁸But never think that He has ever ceased to offer thanks to you. (A Course in Miracles, W-197.7:5–9:8. See also ACIM Lesson 197 Insights.)

Whenever we feel distressed, it can be helpful to turn our thoughts to gratitude. When we focus on what we are grateful for, we are welcoming the Love that completes us in our unity with God. We may start with gratitude for things in the world. But as we let our thoughts of gratitude proceed to the deeper feelings of appreciation for kindness and helpfulness, our focus is elevated.

As we learn to recognize the Love that is the truth in every brother, in all of Reality, we realize that we are Love and nothing else. Today let us be grateful that God is in our heart; He will never leave us. In the certainty of His Love, we can rest in His peace. We gratefully join in His joy of extending Love without limit.

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