Meditation #2 – Tenet #2
How can one say thanks? Sometimes this question is difficult to articulate. It is not always translated into words but need a fulfillment of actions. It’s an expression that comes from the soul. “Thank-you” – these words can be felt from the heart to a heart, but goes much further than that. The need to even say thank-you arises from a need that generates gratitude that at times can fill our cup so that we came become speechless and overwhelmed.
The story of the ten lepers (Luke 12: 11-18, NIV) observed Jesus from a distance asked Him in a loud voice to heal them. Jesus did and told them to go and show themselves to the priests. They did as told, but one leaper realized something.
Perhaps for him, it was a matter of common courtesy or just common sense. When he saw he was healed, perhaps revelation befell him. He had to go back and personally say Thanks. Maybe this man had more to think about. He was a Samaritan and wasn’t considered of equal status by society. What difference did it make if he had leprosy? He, however, was healed and Jesus did not care who he was. His condition gave him equality and his healing gave him freedom. He was grateful. His need was met. Jesus did not have to do this. He no longer had to hide out. He could return to his world unmarked as a leaper. Jesus made him whole. A load was lifted. Darkness was light. His words had to be more than words. They demanded the energy of life.
We can say thank-you on a daily by taking nothing or no one for granted. Even as we live, we must reach a point of realization that we cannot live alone; people in our lives serve a purpose, even when we think they are our enemies. They are placed in our lives to help lead us and guide us regardless of our agreements or disagreements.
The Universe is always active and always giving. When our days seem deem we will grow from them. This is why we say thanks. We are thankful because whatever there is because that which is can change.
Almighty Creator, we say thanks not because everything is perfect in our lives, but we do so because we are able to realize and dissect spiritually our ups and downs, our ins and outs and how things could be so much worse. Sometimes, we did nothing to deserve what we received, but your blessings of people, places, things, and amazing grace made such a difference. What can we say but Thanks? We ask that we learn to reciprocate our horn of plenty to the Universe with, out stretched arms and a non-judgmental heart. Teach us to be more loving, kinder and more understanding and more trusting of our universal siblings. And So It Is.
We say thanks through our actions and allow the words to become secondary to our thoughts and deeds, knowing that God is always our Supreme and Transcendent Source of all who is and all that is and ever will be. And So It Is.