TOPIC: Gratefulness, Nov l993 (Regina Coeli McKnight)
FROM THE DIVINE FEMININE
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.
FROM THE HINDU SCRIPTURES
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.
FROM THE BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES
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..
FROM THE ZOROASTRIAN SCRIPTURES
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.
FROM THE JEWISH SCRIPTURES
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord,
all ye lands.
FROM THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES
FROM THE SCRIPTURES OF ISLAM
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.
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