Giving Thanks ...

From Thanksgiving Meditation 2006 by Rabbi Michael Lerner

Divine loving pic...The universe did not have to evolve in the direction of creating conscious creatures who could yearn for love and could appreciate complexity and could rejoice in the abundance and manifest kindness. Thank you universe, thank you the consciousness of the universe, thank you the evolutionary force of the universe, thank you God, thank you the Force of Life and Healing and Transformation, thank you however inadequate my formulation of your name and your being, for having evolved in this particular direction so that life would emerge from the elements, so that consciousness would emerge from life, so that kindness and love and attraction to peace and justice would emerge from consciousness....

What a profound recognition of all that we have to be thankful for, in the here and now and in the eternal march of life and consciousness.

Thanks be to the goddess, as well for allowing us, no ... compelling us to question everything, even our own existence. Nurturing our curiosity, our arrogance, our compassion, our desires, our humility, and our self doubt -- what a loving and giving creatrix.

In the words of Psalm 48, "Within your temple, we ponder your loving kindness, oh god."

Within this temple of Malkuth, we ponder the kindness of a loving god ... and we give thanks...

And I give thanks for all of you as well...

... whether you are weeping, laughing, dancing or struggling ... I am thankful for the joy of your salty tears and the musk of your moist desires. I thank the gods for each and every one of you.

Ache, amen and blessed be [From Mary's Daughter: Giving Thanks ...]

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