extends to what He does not understand
in that He wills the happiness His Son
inherited of Him be undisturbed;
eternal and forever gaining scope,
eternally expanding in the joy
of full creation, and eternally
open and wholly limitless in Him.
This is His Will. And thus His Will provides
the means to guarantee that it is done.
God sees no contradictions. Yet His Son
believes he sees them. Thus he has a need
for One Who can correct his erring sight,
and give him vision that will lead him back
to where perception ceases. God does not
perceive at all. Yet it is He Who gives
the means by which perception is made true
and beautiful enough to let the light
of Heaven shine upon it. It is He
Who answers what His Son would contradict,
and keeps his sinlessness forever safe.
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- God offers no forgiveness, for He knows
no sin is possible. And yet He let
His holy law of Love be given form
in which it could be given to the world.
And He created One Who could perceive
what form this law should take, to be received
by every mind which had forgotten it
as it exists in Heaven and in God.
Thus He encompassed what He could not see
nor understand by giving of His Love
and making answer to a question which,
though meaningless, His Son had asked of Him.
- The One Whom God created to replace
the foolish thoughts which crept into the mind
of His most holy Son with peace and joy
fulfills His function now. He redirects
each lesson you would teach in hate to one
in which forgiveness enters, and returns
the hate to love, so that the fear is gone.
And now guilt cannot enter, for its source
has been excluded as the purpose of
the lesson has been changed to guiltlessness;
the hatred has been rooted out by love.
These are the lessons God would have you learn.
His Will reflects them all, and they reflect
His loving kindness to the Son He loves.
Each lesson has a central thought, the same
in each of them. The form alone is changed,
with different circumstances and events;
with different characters and different themes
apparent but not real. They are the same
in fundamental content. It is this:
Forgive and you will see this differently.
Certain it is that all distress does not
appear to be but unforgiveness. Yet
that is the content underneath the form.
It is this sameness that makes learning sure,
because the lesson is so simple that
it cannot be rejected in the end.
No-one can hide forever from a truth
so very obvious that it appears
in countless forms, and yet is recognized
as easily in all of them, if one
but wants to see the simple lesson there.
"Forgive and you will see this differently."
These are the words the Holy Spirit speaks
in all your tribulations, all your pains,
all suffering regardless of its forms.
These are the words with which temptation ends
and guilt, abandoned, is revered no more.
These are the words which end the dream of sin,
and rid the mind of fear. These are the words
by which salvation comes to all the world.
- Shall we not learn to say these words when we
are tempted to believe that pain is real,
and death becomes our choice instead of life?
Shall we not learn to say these words when we
have understood their power to release
all minds from bondage? These are words which give
you power over all events which seem
to have been given power over you.
You see them rightly when you hold these words
in full awareness, and do not forget
these words apply to everything you see
or any brother looks upon amiss.
How can you tell when you are seeing wrong,
or someone else is failing to perceive
the lesson he should learn? Does pain seem real
in the perception? If it does, be sure
the lesson is not learned, and there remains
an unforgiveness hiding in the mind
which sees the pain through eyes the mind directs.
God would not have you suffer thus. He would
help you forgive yourself. His Son does not
remember who he is. And God would have
him not forget His Love, and all the gifts
His Love brings with It. Would you now renounce
your own salvation? Would you fail to learn
the simple lessons Heaven's Teacher sets
before you that all pain may disappear,
and God may be remembered by His Son?
All things are lessons God would have you learn.
He would not leave an unforgiving thought
without correction, nor one thorn or nail
to hurt His sacred Son in any way.
He would ensure his holy rest remain
untroubled and serene, without a care
in an eternal home which cares for him.
And He would have all tears be wiped away,
with none remaining yet unshed, and none
but waiting their appointed time to fall.
For God has willed that laughter should replace
each one, and that His Son be free again.
We will attempt today to overcome
a thousand seeming obstacles to peace
in just one day. Let mercy come to you
more quickly. Do not try to hold it off
another day, another minute or
another instant. Time was made for this.
Use it today for what its purpose is.
Morning and night devote what time you can
to serve its proper aim, and do not let
the time be less than meets your deepest need.
Give all you can and give a little more,
for now we would arise in haste, and go
unto our Father's house. We have been gone
too long, and we would linger here no more.
And as we practice, let us think about
all things we saved to settle by ourselves,
and kept apart from healing. Let us give
them all to Him Who knows the way to look
upon them so they all will disappear.
Truth is His message; truth His teaching is.
His are the lessons God would have us learn.
Each hour spend a little time today,
and in the days to come in practicing
the lesson in forgiveness in the form
established for the day. And try to give
it application to the happenings
the hour brought, so that the next one is
free of the one before. The chains of time
are easily unloosened in this way.
Let no one hour cast its shadow on
the one that follows, and when that one goes,
let everything that happened in its course
go with it. Thus will you remain unbound,
in peace eternal in the world of time.|
This is the lesson God would have you learn:
There is a way to look on everything
that lets it be to you another step
to Him and to salvation of the world.
To all that speaks of terror, answer thus,
"I will forgive and this will disappear."
To every apprehension, every care,
and every form of suffering, repeat
these selfsame words. In them you hold the key
that opens Heaven's gate, and brings the Love
of God the Father down to earth at last,
to raise it up to Heaven. God will take
this final step Himself. Do not deny
the little steps He asks you take to Him.|