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TOPIC: Gratefulness, Nov l993 (Regina Coeli McKnight)  

A food blessing, Sedonia Cahaill 

I send prayers of gratitude to all that has given of itself on this day.  The strong beans, and the hardy grains, the beautiful leafy green plants and the sweet juicy fruits.  I thank the sun that warmed and vitalized them, just as it does me, and the earth that held and nourished them, as it does me, and the waters that bathed and refreshed them, as they do for me.  I thank the fire that transformed them, just as I wish to be transformed by the fires of Spirit.  I thank the hands that grew and prepared this food, just as I thank all those that have touched me in so many ways. 

The Bhagavad Gita 
Krishna speaking to Arjuna: 

Whatever you do, or eat, or give, or offer in adoration, let it be an offering to me;   and whatever you suffer, suffer it for me. 
Thus thou shalt be free and come to me. 
Give me thy mind and give me thy heart, give me thy offerings and thy adoration; and thus with thy soul in harmony, and making me thy goal supreme, thou shalt in truth come to me. 

Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha 

This day my birth is fruitful, my human life a blessing;  this day have I been born in the race of the Enlightened, now am I their son.  And henceforth mine is the task of them who work worthily of their race.  This thought of Enlightenment has arisen within me I know not how, even as a gem might be gotten by a blind man from a dunghill.  It is an elixer made to destroy death in the world, an unfailing treasure to relieve the world's poverty, a supreme balm to allay the world's sickness...For the caravan of beings who wander through life's paths hungering to taste of happiness, this banquet of bliss is prepared, that will satisfy all creatures coming to it.  I summon today the world to the estate of Enlightenment, and meanwhile to happiness.. 

The Zend Avesta of Zarathustra 

Do Thou, O Mazda, O Great Creator! Come to me, with Thy Creative Mind!  And do Thou,  Who bestoweth gifts through Thy Cosmic Order, bestow alike long-lasting gifts upon us, that this life may be spent aright. 
Do Thou, by means of Thy lofty words, bestow the powerful spiritual help upon Zarathustra and upon us.  The best of all gifts, therefore, do I beseech of Thee, o Thou Best of Beings, Ahura Mazda, Thou Who art One in Will with Thy Cosmic Law!... 
All these gifts of the Good Spirit have been offered back in gratitude unto Thee, by the Mind and the Deed of the generous man whose Soul goeth forth hand in hand with the thoughtful man, whose life progresseth in harmony with the Cosmic Order, in homage thoward Thee, O Mazda and wit Invocations of thankful devotees. 
What is, then Thy Kingdom, O Mazda?  What are thy riches? 
Thine Own, in my actions, that I may become Living with the Cosmic Order and Thy Good Mind. 

Psalm 100 

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 
Serve the Lord with gladness; 
Come before his presence with singing. 
Know ye that the Lord he is God; 
It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves. 
We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, 
and into his courts with praise; 
Be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 
For the Lord is good;  his mercy is everlasting; 
and his truth endureth to all generations. 

Romans 5 
We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;  by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand.  And we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also;  knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope:  and hope putteth not to shame, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us. 

The Koran;  The Bee 16 

It is He who sends down water from the sky, which provides drink for you and brings forth the crops on which your cattle feed.  And thereby He brings up corn and olives, dates and grapes and other fruit.  Surely in this there is a sign for thinking men.  He has forced the night and the day, and the sun and the moon, into your service.  The stars also serve you by His leave.  Surely in this there are signs for men of understanding.  On the earth He has fashioned for you objects of various hues.  Surely in this there is a sign for prudent men.  It is He who has subjected to you the ocean, so that you may eat of its fresh fish and bring up from it ornaments with which to adorn your person.  Behold the ships ploughing their course through it.  All this He has created, that you may seek His bounty and render thanks to Him.....If you reckoned up Allah's blessings you could not count them. 

Thou pourest wine into my empty cup wherever we meet, on hills and dales, on the tops of high mountains, in the thick forests and in the barren deserts, on the shores of the roaring sea and the banks of the gentle river; and there ariseth in my heart the unearthly passion and the heavenly joy. 

How shall I thank Thee, my King, for Thy bountiful gifts?  Every gift Thou givest me, my generous Lord, is invaluable.  A tongue of flame arose from the spark in my heart by Thy gentle blowing.  Thou dost hear my softest whisper... 

A person however learned and qualified in his life's work, in whom gratitude is absent, is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant. 
Gratefulness (by Regina Coeli McKnight) 

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