Gratitude, a Via Christa Degree

Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines gratitude as "an emotion of the heart, excited by a favor or benefit received; a sentiment of kindness or good will towards a benefactor; thankfulness. gratitude is an agreeable emotion, consisting in or accompanied with good will to a benefactor, and a disposition to make a suitable return of benefits or services, or when no return can be made, with a desire to see the benefactor prosperous and happy. gratitude is a virtue of the highest excellence, as it implies a feeling and generous heart, and a proper sense of duty. The love of God is the sublimest gratitude."

“Gratitude is the graciousness of Christ in action as thanksgiving.”

Gratitude is gratefulness, appreciation, and thankfulness. Gratitude is a law of being, a law of doing, and a virtue. Gratitude is also the keynote of the fourth lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, which includes Fidelity, Obedience and Devotion.

Gratitude is the sign of a truly appreciative soul. Expressing gratitude or thanksgiving is difficult for the arrogant, grasping or stingy soul.

Edna Lister on Gratitude

Gratitude is the offspring of love and selflessness, a soul quality that you must awaken. Base your praise and thankfulness on gratitude. – Edna Lister, Love, the Highway, November 2, 1930.

Praise is the most common form and expression of gratitude. – Edna Lister, Your Royal Birth, January 24, 1933.

Express your gratitude in your praise of God, and love for Him and His gifts. – Edna Lister, Love's Qualities, April 19, 1934.

The disciples carried on with the Master's flocks, as he had taught them, about thankfulness and soul gratitude for what they had received of the Lord. Jesus had taught them that praise increases your thankfulness, and that you must remember to pray and praise without ceasing. You can increase your gratitude by praising the other person, telling him how wonderful he is. – Edna Lister, Evidences of Truth, December 2, 1934.

You receive from God after you have praised to express your thankfulness and gratitude. – Edna Lister, How to Pray, May 16, 1935.

Gratitude's reward is the graciousness of Christed stature. – Edna Lister, The Enemy Approaches, December 15, 1935.

Words do not measure gratitude. No word is great enough to express gratitude. The deeds you grow from your roots of gratitude are the only measure of your gratitude. – Edna Lister, June 6, 1938.

Ascension is the process of substituting gratitude for selfish will and desires. – Edna Lister, The Rich Man Also, June 19, 1938.

Find small things about which to be grateful, and surely the law of increase shall give you hope. – Edna Lister, August 14, 1938.

When called upon, always give more than is asked of time, effort, love, compassion, strength, and the greatest of these is gratitude. Give of this in abundance, lest you crystallize what you brought with you in the beginning. – Edna Lister, November 12, 1938.

Be in a state of grace, which is a state of full praise and full gratitude to the Father for His help, protection and for Power sent for you to release. – Edna Lister, January 2, 1939.

Pray in gratitude for what is already yours to build the line of Light between your dream desire and earth; build from the top down. – Edna Lister, May 7, 1939.

Fill your prayers with joy and gratitude for miracles past and miracles to come. A smile is your sign of the love of God, showering the world as the Master’s own compassion. – Edna Lister, April 1944.

Have immense inner gratitude always. – Edna Lister, July 9, 1945.

Constantly express (be) praise, gratefulness and thankfulness. – Edna Lister, February 14, 1946.

The whole of the Sermon on the Mount holds the Christ laws to live by and become, including the twelve soul virtues — honor, love, joy, peace, harmony, agreeing and adjusting with the Light of God, gratitude, praise, beauty, obedience, compassion, and faith. – Edna Lister, March 1, 1946.

To create, you must first have all-powerful, all consuming desire, then be the knowing faith that also entails gratitude to God. – Edna Lister, January 14, 1947.

You think you are grateful, but you neutralize its quality with rebellion. – Edna Lister, August 17, 1947.

The twelve virtues are honor, love, joy, peace, harmony, agreeing and adjusting with Light, gratitude, praise, beauty, obedience, compassion, and faith. – Edna Lister, July 11, 1949.

Gratitude and praise return to you as abundant miracles. – Edna Lister, And it Came to Pass, September 10, 1950.

Do not be so caught in life's busyness that you forget "from whence your help cometh." – Edna Lister, September 11, 1952.

The keynote of failure is self-centered complacency. Express more gratitude to strengthen your zeal. – Edna Lister, December 9, 1953.

Add gratitude and praise to your expectancy to increase it. – Edna Lister, What Is Your Gift? June 12, 1955.

Accept praise in gratitude, and forget it. – Edna Lister, The Lord Has Need of Thee, March 25, 1956.

Gratitude is Godlike. – Edna Lister, June 25, 1956.

Don't let appreciation stick in your throat. Gratitude is the supreme virtue. It's such an agreeable thing to do, and makes you and the other fellow feel so good. – Edna Lister, July 20, 1956.

Don't put a stinger in your gratitude. – Edna Lister, July 20, 1956.

Charity is love, as gratitude, forming a perfect relationship. – Edna Lister, The Bond of Perfection, October 6, 1957.

Let others take the credit while you offer gratitude and receive comprehension. – Edna Lister, The Bond of Perfection, October 6, 1957.

Gratitude to God is the beginning of ascension of consciousness, to open the body's vital centers for healing rays to move through. Do this, and you will recover more quickly. – Edna Lister, March 4, 1958.

Gratitude, praise and rejoicing are the only ways to keep your contact with God shining and bright. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1958.

Pray in gratitude, praising God, not just asking. – Edna Lister, June 25, 1959.

Gratitude and praise will bring a miracle into outer manifestation. – Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960.

All things increase and are magnified to the glory of God where praise abounds from gratitude. When gratitude is the basis of prayers, you can have miracle upon miracle. – Edna Lister, February 7, 1962.

Boredom is a curse, a lack of life, and the only way to open new channels of life is to be grateful for what you have. – Edna Lister, March 30, 1962.

Let gratitude be your keynote of love. – Edna Lister, March 31, 1962.

To attain the full heights of honor is to move up in consciousness on gratitude from early morning to night, thanking God for all small things as well as the great. – Edna Lister, Honor Above All, April 8, 1962.

Increase your faithfulness and praise. Stand unwavering in gratitude while declaring good. Your reward for such devotion, such worship, such love will be strength. You will be freed from doubt and all manners of uncertainties and confusion. You shall heal and be healed. You shall love enough to make possible all things through faith unconquerable. – Edna Lister, August 7, 1962.

Be constant in directing your vision and in expressing your gratitude. – Edna Lister, November 16, 1962. Increase your gratitude for blessings that God is already bestowing. – Edna Lister, November 29, 1962.

Hold your gains and rejoice. Without rejoicing, man is nothing, for gratitude is the first law of increase. All growth comes under the great law of appreciation, or gratitude. Gratitude and joy are the vibrations that keep one from slipping into the mud of self. You cannot rejoice if you are bound to the little self. To touch the vibration of praise, you move into the high principle of joy. To rejoice and be glad under all outer conditions is the one thing to work toward, because your declaration, “This is good,” must be born under the spirit of praise and devotion to God. – Edna Lister, December 13, 1962.

You can make everything that comes to you pay world dividends when you are grateful for being so used by the Light. – Edna Lister, February 1963.

It is not enough to just feel a sense of gratitude for certain things, while dwelling on the negatives, the lower vibration, doubting, being afraid and worrying. Under the surface, these things roll around. Only praise will open this subterranean stronghold from the past, and make it rise as mist before the sun. You need only to praise to lift and dissolve all this. With praise, all things are possible. – Edna Lister, July 28, 1963.

Praise in gratitude, rejoice in appreciation, give God the credit for holding you and setting all Power into motion to fulfill your needs and desires. – Edna Lister, February 9, 1964.

Praise and gratitude for a miracle brings it into outer manifestation. – Edna Lister, November 30, 1964.

Praise is the only thing that starts faith, the fuel on which you run. Praise is your eye salve. Eye trouble indicates a lack of appreciation and gratitude. – Edna Lister, May 13, 1965.

Maintain a soul vibration of praise and gratitude for the opportunity to be rebuilt and the ability to lend the self to the Power as an instrument. – Edna Lister, January 19, 1966.

While she was lifting her lines of Light, Edna Miriam suddenly saw that she had not supplied the praise and gratitude for those receiving the miracles. Little dark vacuums had formed, like grapes of wrath. The way to lift them is to think for each, "I love You, Father. Father, I thank You." If you love enough, spheres of golden Light fill all the auras of all the people you have lifted. – Edna Lister, May 23, 1966.

All that is required of you is praise and to look up, praise and thanks, praise and giving of thanks for everyone who is ungrateful – fill their lives. – Edna Lister, June 3, 1966.

Continue to count each miracle and blessing, for gratitude, appreciation and dedication in praise for the miracles bring more miracles. – Edna Lister, October 14, 1966.

You can always express greater rejoicing and gratitude, though it is only a "Thank You, Father." You have no idea of the greatness of the Power it releases and the thankfulness, which makes up for the past as payments on what you owe. One day’s rejoicing earns new credits and pays for the old. – Edna Lister, February 16, 1967.

Use the terms "gratitude" and "grateful" with others. You can well up in gratitude only for what God has already given you. – Edna Lister, March 10, 1967.

Be grateful for what you have, but know that there is more where this came from. Be persistent, expect more, ever more. If you want health, think, speak, be grateful for and expect health. You, the Christed one, are unlimited and all-powerful. Your consciousness changes. You must continuously eliminate the old. If you hang onto it, it merges with the new and drags it down. Declare, "I AM a new creation in Christ. I AM what I really am. I AM upright, filled with inspiration." – Edna Lister, March 13, 1968.

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Treatment for Gratitude

To treat for gratitude and awareness for yourself or others, broadcast, using the clockwise Rotary Treatment for Balance and Vigor: "Name, be aware! Be appreciative!" – Edna Lister, December 4, 1964.

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Edna Lister created this Bible study outline for March 20, 1937, Buffalo, New York. Scripture: Acts 16:16-28.

"And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, and brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, and teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here." – Acts 16:16-28.

Imprisoned, Paul and Silas used prayer, praise and singing to stand steadfastly loyal to God in the Light. They were grateful to God even in the face of insult, abuse, and persecution.

Gratitude is a soul quality. Joy is a heart quality. Gratitude increases, and joy releases.

Gratitude increases joy's fervency, and fuels desire to burn brightly. Joy releases ardor. Faith is the power line over which spiritual substance travels.

Joy's depth is determined by its fervency. Gratitude's depth is determined by the depth of joy. Faith's power is determined by gratitude's depth. Gratitude, joy and faith determine your success, which equals your steadfastness of purpose.

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Edna Lister created this sermon outline for November 21, 1937, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Acts 16:14-40.

"A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshiped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us. And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, and brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, and teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go. And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace. But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? Nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. And the sergeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans. And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city. And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed." – Acts 16:14-40.

Because someone could no longer make money, Paul and Silas were beaten and cast into prison as trouble-making Jews. Paul was a Roman citizen, and Silas was the apostle who accompanied him.

While in prison, they prayed and sang praises unto God. Gratitude is the greatest of soul qualities. Completely lacking in destructive character, it is born of a perfect balance of Light, wisdom and substance.

Joy is the Light you bring with you and release on earth. Voiced praise is like planting sturdy seeds that will come up in spring.

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Count Your Blessings in Advance

This Linda Mihalic sermon transcript is dated October 20, 2004, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: Matthew 5:7 and Psalm 23.

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." – Matthew 5:7.

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." – Psalm 23.

Mercy means "compassionate treatment, clemency; a disposition to be kind and forgiving; a blessing; alleviation of distress; relief." The term "mercy" is used 101 times in the Psalms, loving kindness is used 26 times, and compassion is used six times. David, whose name means "The Beloved," wrote most of the Psalms under soul inspiration. He got all that inspiration from direct, personal experience.

To understand David's experiences and inspiration, we must appreciate what it means to be anointed. To put David's anointing in perspective, you must remember that before Samuel anointed David, he had anointed Saul at God's Orders. When Samuel anointed Saul with oil, he gave him God's message for his destiny, which included this Divine Proclamation: "Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will … be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you." – 1 Samuel 10:6.

In verse nine it says, "So it was," when Saul left Samuel, that "God gave him another heart." What does this mean, to be turned into another man, and to receive another heart? Anointing is the outward sign of an inner consecration and sanctification, done according to the Will of God. Always where the term "anointed" is used in the Bible, God Himself speaks to a seer, such as Samuel, and calls a person "My anointed," or as with Saul, commands the seer, who is also a prophet, to perform the physical act of anointing.

God chooses a candidate for anointing according to a standard or criterion that we do not clearly understand. An anointing takes place according to the will of God, but we do not necessarily comprehend that will, or God's reasons for His choice. We must simply accept God's will. Many souls have trouble with the need for acceptance, which is a primary virtue and a law of the creator. Each soul must integrate this virtue of acceptance with the three tools of the creator, which are desire, thinking and imagination.

Most souls are slaves to their desires and imaginations, and rarely remember to do the thinking that must accompany their use of desire and imagination. This is all subject to the law of choice. You must choose, and each time you do, you set into motion another great law, the law of action and reaction, also called the law of cause and effect.

For example, a situation confronts me, I consciously choose my course of action, knowing that I am thereby setting in motion the effect, or the action resulting from my choice. Unfortunately, this is not what most souls usually do, nor did I when much younger. When confronted with a situation, they usually react from self, thus bringing the effect of their unconscious reaction down on their own heads. They precipitate their own soul debts.

The problem isn't how you use your creative tools of desire, thinking and imagination, but which part of you is doing the using. The problem is this: Is soul choosing, or is self reacting? Choice is conscious, but reaction is usually unconscious. If you allow self to run the show, then this is your first poor choice. You are in default.

If you default on a loan in the world, the bank calls the loan due. You must make it good, or you may be forced into bankruptcy, where all your assets are liquidated and used to pay your debts. If you fail to make your mortgage payments, foreclosure results, and you lose the house. If you continue to disobey the laws of the Universe, the Bank of God calls your debt due, and you must pay it. Some souls lose the body that way.

We all know a few of the laws that apply: Only my own can come to me. I am responsible for my every thought, word and act, conscious or unconscious. Clearly, consciousness in choosing is the better course of action.

Why do some souls have more trouble with this than others? Some, who would not deliberately transgress the law, makes many mistakes anyway. Why? Because some souls are introspective, and others are not. Introspection is "contemplation of one's own thoughts, feelings and sensations; self-examination." Some souls question themselves and their own motives, while others do not.

Introspection is not a God-given gift, but a spiritual or soul habit, a good habit. It comes from a Latin root that means "to look within, or to see what is inside." This is the only way you have of knowing which part of you is doing what. Is soul or self running the show? You build the habit of introspection over the course of many lifetimes, or you don't. That is a choice.

If you never look inside, you'll never learn to recognize your own motives. Without introspection, you cannot fulfill the great command of Ascension, which is to "Know Thyself." Pythagoras, a truly great teacher of Ascension, had "Know Thyself" engraved above the gate to his school in Crotona, Sicily. He required that students undergo years of training under a bond of silence.

Most people today can't be silent for more than a few minutes. We constantly see young people wearing headphones to listen to music, which is how they drown the voice of self. The fix works only temporarily.

You learn about self in the Silence. Practicing the Golden Silence is how you train the self to submit to the soul. "Be still, and know that I am God." Unless you are "still," you can never know "I AM," which is the Christ consciousness of Oversoul, the superconscious mind.

The Book of Samuel says that Saul was "a choice and handsome son … There was not a more handsome person than he among the children of Israel." Yet Saul was also hasty and self-willed. He rebelled and wilfully disobeyed God's Orders several times, so the Lord revoked his anointing. Saul did not "do as the occasion demands," and he forgot that God was with him.

Finally, God sent Samuel to the family of Jesse of Bethlehem to find the next anointed one. When Samuel saw Eliab, Jesse's eldest, he was sure he was the one. However, the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

David was the seventh and youngest of Jesse's son, a teenaged boy busy herding his father's sheep. Samuel asked for him and David came. "Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward." – 1 Samuel 16:13. Thirteen is the number of the Christing.

"But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him." – 1 Samuel 16:14. Fourteen is the number of Choice and Separation. Some modern writers have suggested that Saul was paranoid and manic depressive, which we now call "bipolar." Saul was bipolar — he continually swung between the poles of self and soul.

Saul, fearful, threatened and jealous, set traps for David, which he escaped. Then Saul unmercifully persecuted David for years. This is how and why David gained his experiences.

God chose and anointed both men, and both accepted the will of God initially. Yet there the similarity ends because their soul natures were dissimilar. Saul was not introspective, while David was.

God-ordained anointing has several implicit rules: 1. You do not choose to be anointed; God chooses you. 2. A God-ordained prophet, who is both a seer and an oracle, performs the anointing. 3. The anointing is performed with a special blend of aromatic and volatile oils applied to the crown of the head. 4. The anointing lasts forever, or until God revokes it.

The crown of the head is the crown vital center in the desire body and the thousand-petaled lotus in the mental body. The special blend of anointing oils profoundly affects how the vital and lotus centers work: The vital center is a wheel (like a rotary crank) that accelerates, and the lotus center opens up to Light from above. When the crown is opened, the other vital and lotus centers accelerate, and these actions affect the physical as well.

The mental faculties become supercharged, and open into the spiritual or soul faculties that we so highly prize: intuition, illumination, seeing and hearing. Anointing heals you, unifies your consciousness, and releases a tremendous amount and higher quality of Power as Light through you. Then God sits back to observe what you will do with this great release of Power. What will you choose? Will you act according to the dictates of self or of soul?

If you choose self and continued unconscious subsoul reactions, doing as you will and as you please, never counting the cost, God revokes the anointing and your soul debt falls due. This can take many forms, most of which are unpleasant: illness, loss, humiliation, and accidents, because the Power you misuse returns to you as force. Mind forgets. Substance becomes diseased. Power becomes force, which you must lift though your body, car, house, or some other symbol of your being.

If you choose to do well, you can be as David was, a good king, given great honor and responsibility, and increased in every way. That is, until David coveted Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite. To get what he wanted, David sent Uriah to the front lines of battle, where he knew the enemy would kill him. This was unmerciful and motivated by self.

Mercy then is our saving grace, or the vehicle of our self-destruction. How does this work?

Because mercy is something that God pours out upon us, much like anointing oil, we have come to associate mercy with personality. Yet mercy is not an aspect of personality. Mercy is a principle, an inherent part of the fabric of the universe. Mercy is how the universe heals itself, repairs or mends itself. Remember, mercy also means "alleviation of distress, or relief."

Nothing in the universe needs to be healed unless some soul chooses to think, say or do something that causes a rip, rending or tearing of the Universal Unity. Self-will and self-motivated choices are the causes of all problems in the universe.

Since mercy is a principle, and not some "rescue remedy" dispensed at the whim of Deity, benevolent or otherwise, you can apply logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion to better understand it. Laws are principles. A principle is the root of every law. Therefore, the principle of mercy flowers in humanity as the law of compassion: "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."

People simply do not understand how the mercy principle operates. Mercy operates just like any other law: Only God makes laws. Laws are. The Father applies self-existent laws to certain creative needs, and releases them through prophets, mediators, or the voice of conscience. Laws allow no questioning, but the Father's heavenly servants turn lights on all alike. Then they watch the colors of persons and groups, and impersonally apply necessary laws.

What you bless, blesses you; what you curse curses you. This is another restatement of the law of action and reaction under the principle of reciprocity. Mercy is reciprocal: You dispense it, and you receive it, but not until you first give it. Unmerciful choices and actions automatically bring merciless results.

Mercy flows like water from a tap. Self is an in-line shutoff valve that stops the flow. Repentance, and choosing soul over self, opens the valve and reintroduces the flow.

Repentance is more than saying, "I'm sorry, please forgive me," and walking off to do it again, which is how most people treat God and the Mercy tap. Repentance means to turn around, away from the world, and to face God, working for clean hands and a pure heart.

Anointing gives you "a new heart," and confers upon you the Spirit of the Lord. What do you do with this? What do you choose? No one is any better than his last choice. No one is any better than his next choice.

Nearly a year ago, God gathered all the embodied souls on earth into the Valley of Decision, and we chose. Most of us chose God, and to do His will, I am sure. Now what have you done about that since the initial choosing? What will you choose in days to come?

October 20th is the beginning date of the Initiatory Year. New prophecies will be given, old prophecies explained, and new Power will released according to how well each soul passed Initiations since August 10th, which is the recap period of the year. All the initiations you faced this year resulted from the choices you made since last October 20th.

Will you choose differently this year? Must you face the same old tests and trials? Aren't you ready for something new? November 1 opens the Joy season. You could get an early start by beginning today to practice the presence of the new heart within you as Christed Joy consciousness.

Joy attunes you to mercy, and eventually makes mercy and forgiveness your natural response. God did not create you as a hard-shelled crab! Who wants to carry the heavy shell of self around any longer than it takes to learn the lessons about self?

Everyone who comes to you is waving a prescription slip. They need some mercy, forgiveness, clemency, relief, and alleviation of their distress. Mercy is yours, free for the giving. It won't cost you a dime to fill their prescription without saying a word, but it may cost you a selfish reaction! You can beseech God on their behalf silently in the moment, or in verbal prayer later. The law dictates that if they bring it to you, it's yours to lift, even if it's nasty.

Count your blessings! Not those you have received from God or from others, but the blessings that you have dispensed as mercy in the world. The Master himself has given us our mandate as mercy dispensers: "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give." Give mercy, and you shall receive it.

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New Testament on Gratitude

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. – Philippians 4:4.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. – Philippians 4:8.

Rejoice evermore. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. – Colossians 3:12-14.

Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. – Colossians 3:17.

Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. – 1 Peter 2:9.

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Old Testament on Gratitude

Lord my God, I will give thanks unto Thee forever. – Psalm 30:12.

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord. – Psalm 92:1.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister

Etymology of gratitude: Latin gratitudo, "thankfulness," from Latin gratus, "thankful, pleasing."

Gratitude or being grateful is a law of being.

Expressing gratitude is a law of doing.

Gratitude is a soul virtue.

Gratitude is a Via Christa Degree.


The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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