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                                 "I have only to look, I have only to reach, I have only to taste, I have only to feel, I have only to live - to know that the world is a work more wonderful than anything I can imagine it to be, anything I do imagine it to be!  The wildest wonderment of all poets, dreamers, inventors, speculators that have ever lived is as nothing compared to the wonderment that is the world.  The world is God's wonderment, infinite intelligence compounding its infinity, the joy of eternity delighting in itself."  - James Dillet Freeman, Be! 

     Thanksgiving Day will be observed this week in the United States and most of us know that it is a day of recognizing what we have to be grateful for and giving thanks for what we have received.  A great deal has been written about "gratitude" by spiritual and religious teachers and we would have to be unconscious not to realize the value of taking the time to reflect on what we are grateful for.  I went to a seminar a few years back and the presenter asked each person to make a list of 200 things they were grateful for.  And there are those teachers who suggest that we make daily lists of what we are grateful for; the good that we have received and the good that we expect to receive.  But, gratitude alone does not develop a consciousness of abundance.  And for most of us, abundance is what we desire.  That is, more than just getting by or enough to meet our bills.  We want a financial surplus.

      The Master Mind Jesus summarized spiritual law regarding financial abundance in the following statements:  "For unto every one that hath shall be given, and they shall have abundance: but from them that hath not shall be taken away even that which they hath." ... "For unto whomsoever much is given, of them shall be much required ..." ... "Give and be given to."

     We realize that in the first statement from the Great Metaphysician, we are called to be grateful and to realize that we "have" ... rather than focus on what we "have not."  But, he does not stop there, and further tells us that to whomsoever much is given much is required.  Complying with this "much is required" shifts our consciousness to abundance, to the realization that there is more available to us than just what we have received.  And in reality, Jesus is calling us to "reflect" the God-consciousness within us.  "Give and be given to" ... expresses the activity of G-d in our personal experience.  G-d is the "giver" ... and if we want to experience more of God, or the Good ... then we must become more like G-d, and give generously and without fear of loss.  It is this fear of "having less" if we give, that keeps so many of us from attaining financial abundance.  We count our pennies while we lose the awareness of the abundance that is awaiting our acceptance.  Our subconscious will always demonstrate in our experience our firmly held beliefs about abundance.

     Let us all be grateful for realizing that what we have today, is what we have accepted in our life up to this point.  But, today is a new day, and each and every one of us is capable of demonstrating a greater financial blessing in our lives.  Each of us can multiply our blessings abundantly by gaining a sense of gratitude for our " ability to give."  Each of us has something to give and this is not limited to money.  We can feel this "gratitude in giving" as we give food to the many "food drives" that are taking place for the holidays.  Or, by giving clothes away that we no longer use or wear.  Rather than create a list of what we are grateful for, we should also include a list of what we have given. Consciously recognizing what we have given, will heighten our awareness of the abundance that is ours.

     My great teacher, Dr. O. C. Smith, reminded us often that we cannot "out-give God" ... all that we give will come back to us, multiplied, because we are complying with a Law of G-d that works independently of us.  Where will it come from?  We don't have to know.  We only have to know and believe that it does.  It is part of our true nature to give ... for it is an active expression of God-in-the-midst-of-us.  Our unwillingness to comply with the Law, holds us firmly in the land of the "have-nots" ... and that is where we will remain until we break the chains of doubt and lack in our mind.

"The world is God's wonderment, infinite intelligence compounding its infinity, the joy of eternity delighting in itself," writes James Dillet Freeman.  We are part of this "wonderment" because we are here expressing G-d as you and me.  Let's be grateful for knowing that this is the Truth for us.  And as we feel a greater sense of this gratitude, let's commit ourselves to multiplying our blessings abundantly.  Give and be given to ... let us be grateful that this is so.


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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