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From Russia With Gratitude

... Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving …

— Psalm 147:7

If we wish to come to the spirit for the healing of our

wounds, let us come ... with thanksgiving ...

— The Science of Mind, page 447

From Russia With Gratitude

Sometimes, when we are hurting, thoughts of thanksgiving are the farthest things from our mind. Later, however, we can see that those profoundly wounding situations were our greatest teachers, and we truly owe them a debt of gratitude. When I was in Russia last summer, during one of my presentations, I asked the group to write a thank-you letter to a “yucky” experience in their lives. The interpreter told me that the Russian people definitely understood the word “yucky.” After the exercise was completed, one beautiful young woman stood up and read the following letter. Dear Poverty! I called you one day and you were so kind and responsive, that you came to me at once. I accepted you as an honorable and long-awaited guest and I began to serve you. You were growing and out of guest you transformed into a boss. You wanted me to please you more and more. And the time came when my house was really empty. My friends were expressing pity for me. Thank you, Poverty. You played your role so wonderfully, that I began to see, to hear, to realize that love and pity are different things.

And I need love and abundance, and not pity and poverty. I am seeing you off, with a smile on my lips, feeling grateful for the lesson you have taught. I have found the source and the teacher and this is God, and I have accepted Him into my house, into my family, into my life. I am happy having acquired this.

Goodbye, Poverty. Hello, God. Since now God and I are one.

I am totally grateful for every facet of my life: for the sunlight as well as the shadows. And I give thanks. THANK You, God! Thank YOU, God. And Thank You, GOD!

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