Here is the second step we take to free
your mind from the belief in outside force
pitted against your own. You make attempts
at kindness and forgiveness. Yet you turn
them to attack again unless you find
external gratitude and lavish thanks.
Your gifts must be received with honor, lest
they be withdrawn. And so you think God's gifts
are loans at best; at worst, deceptions which
would cheat you of defenses to make sure
that when He strikes He will not fail to kill.
How easily are God and guilt confused
by those who know not what their thoughts can do.
Deny your strength, and weakness must become
salvation to you. See yourself as bound,
and bars become your home. Nor will you leave
the prisonhouse, nor claim your strength until
guilt and salvation are not seen as one,
while freedom and salvation are perceived
as joined, with strength beside them, to be sought
and claimed and found and fully recognized.
The world must thank you when you offer it
release from your illusions. Yet your thanks
belong to you as well, for its release
can only mirror yours. Your gratitude
is all your gifts require, that they be
the lasting offerings of a thankful heart
released from hell forever. Is it this
you would undo by taking back your gifts
because they were not honored? It is you
who honor them and give them fitting thanks,
for it is you who have received the gifts.
It does not matter if another thinks
your gifts unworthy. In his mind there is
a part that joins with yours in thanking you.
It does not matter if your gifts seem lost
and ineffectual. They are received
where they are given. In your gratitude
are they accepted universally,
and thankfully acknowledged by the Heart
of God Himself. And would you take them back,
when He has gratefully accepted them?
God blesses every gift you give to Him,
and every gift is given Him, because
it can be given only to yourself,
and what belongs to God must be His Own.
Yet you will never realize His gifts
are sure, eternal, changeless, limitless,
forever giving out, extending love
and adding to your never-ending joy,
while you forgive but to attack again.|
Withdraw the gifts you give, and you will think
that what is given you has been withdrawn.
But learn to let forgiveness take away
the sins you think you see outside yourself,
and you can never think the gifts of God
are lent but for a little while, before
He snatches them away again in death.
For death will have no meaning for you then.|
And with the end of this belief is fear
forever over. Thank your Self for this,
for He is grateful only unto God,
and He gives thanks for you unto Himself.
To everyone who lives will Christ yet come,
for everyone must live and breathe in Him.
His Being in His Father is secure
because Their Will is One. Their gratitude
to all They have created has no end,
for gratitude remains a part of love.|
Thanks be to you, the holy Son of God,
for as you were created, you contain
all things within your Self. And you are still
as God created you. Nor can you dim
the light of your perfection. In your heart
the Heart of God is laid. He holds you dear
because you are Himself. All gratitude
belongs to you because of what you are.|
Give thanks as you receive it. Be you free
of all ingratitude to anyone
who makes your Self complete. And from this Self
is no-one left outside. Give thanks for all
the countless channels that extend this Self.
All that you do is given unto Him.
All that you think can only be His Thoughts,
sharing with Him the holy Thoughts of God.
Earn now the gratitude you have denied
yourself when you forgot the function God
has given you. But never think that He
has ever ceased to offer thanks to you.