Topic: On Gratitude
TR: Mark Turnbull
Tonight we shall speak, at your request, of Gratitude. Gratitude is the official decree of the offices of The Most Highs. Gratitude is a love turned back on itself, Love brought full circle and, like the dainty dish in your nursery rhyme, “set before the King.” To be grateful is to never tire of the banquet constantly before you, whether this or that particular dish is to your liking or not. All the dishes serve their purpose in your education and make-up, and all will eventually be appreciated “in the fullness of time.” Gratitude fortifies you with the proper attitude to appreciate them all. For they have all been, like them or not, prepared with the same attention to detail and care.
Gratitude is the single most important element in the pursuit of perfection of Spirit, the most basic Truth in the pantheon of truths relevant to a human life. Remember, the only thing missing from an approach to living bereft of joy and satisfaction is Gratitude. Grateful is as grateful does. It’s the one element essential to mirroring back Heaven to earth, Parent to child, Spirit to human. It’s like the rippleless water reflecting the sky above it. The sky brings the water; the water reveals the sky to itself. This is Love and Love’s life in the world. Spirit says, “I love you”; Gratitude says, “and this is your portrait, my version of this gift you have given.”
Gratitude is the basis for a balanced life for it brings together all of its elements, bringing God’s love back around and completing the circuit. And this circuit brings Life to life. Gratitude is as necessary as air or food or water. It is the other half of each of these.