Appreciation, Grateful, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving
"The Law of Attraction will work when the attention and intention are clear. Time off from frantic activity, even a small space of quiet time, can have a "grounding" or quieting effect. Positive prayer that centers on appreciation and cooperation of the self and others rather than on what appears to be lacking in life will change the experience. Who one thanks is of little importance, for this again is the need to personify and identify. "The power that Is" is sufficient identification. It is the thankful "heart" (feelings) that is important. One cannot expect to create a more abundant experience if one is not appreciative of what is already within the current experience. By honoring what is, the Law of Attraction is invoked." Becoming, page 137
"Be glad you have the opportunity to be alive at this time, and to be a part of that preparation for the coming influences of a spiritual nature that must rule the world. These are indicated, and these are part of thy experience. Be happy of it, and give thanks daily for it." Cayce (2376-3)
"Show due consideration as to how much ye owe the world, rather than as to how much the world owes you!
"Let thy associations with those about thee, thy family, thy friends - yea, those that ye do not like - be such as to express a thanksgiving to thy Maker." Cayce (1844-3)
Q - "You will give at this time information which may stimulate the hearts and minds of those gathered here a greater appreciation of the true spirit of Thanksgiving."
A - "It is well that ye be reminded how in those periods when there were the preparations in the lives and experiences of a peculiar people under unusual circumstances, in extraordinary environments - they were reminded, not in the days when each day they were given only sufficient for that day, that periods were to be, set aside when thanksgiving was to be a part of their activity - their rememberances for all the joys, the sorrows, the disappointments, the hopes that were and might be theirs if - IF they would but hold to those promises; relying - as it was necessary in those days, those hours, for a complete dependence - upon the bounty of a merciful Father, who had a purpose in the bringing out, the edifying, the directing." Cayce (3976-21)
Edgar Cayce on Thanksgiving
As it may be truly said, - of all the days for MAN'S opportunity, of man's making, of man's concern - TRULY Thanksgiving should be nearer and dearer to the hearts of those who are appreciative of Life and its opportunities, under ANY experience!
For remember, it was instituted not under plenty but under needs.
What is the need then of man in this day of disturbed mind, of anxieties?
This is the message then that should be to all.
Let this day of Thanksgiving be not only that wherein to enjoy that which may satiate the body, that which may make for the gratifying of appetites of the body, but that day when each of you may give thanks to God for BEING alive - with the opportunities to raise thy voice in prayer, in praise, in thanksgiving for the love He hath shown, that He showers upon thee day by day!
And as ye do this - in the SPIRIT of love, in the spirit of truth, of patience, of longsuffering - ye will receive that awareness of His closeness to thee. And this will bring you to the greater knowledge, the greater understanding of what He would have thee do.
Let thy life, thy experience then, be not without purpose.
Then, as ye give thanks, as ye give praise to thy friends for kindnesses, for gentlenesses, for those things that make thy experience more bearable in a cruel world - under circumstances oft where a troubled heart is made lighter - how much greater in this day, then, that is set aside by thy laws, by the judgments of thy governors and of thy president - how much MORE ye would give thanks to God!
For it is in Him indeed that ye live, that ye move and have thy being.
Let thy heart then be glad.
And as has been indicated, let each raise his voice in thanksgiving for ALL that has, that may come to pass in the experience of each SOUL that prays, "THY WILL, O GOD, BE DONE IN ME - NOW. NOT AS I WILL, BUT AS THOU WOULD HAVE ME GO."
Pray that peace may be in the minds and hearts of those who direct the destiny of the many, throughout the world. For they are NOT in power of THEMSELVES, but that YE - too - may learn a lesson to DO, and to seek to do, the will of thy Father; and not to do that which is IN direct contradiction to that of praise to thy Lord, thy God.
George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3rd day of October, A.D. 1789.
(signed) G. Washington