of words as possible. We use them but
at the beginning of our practicing,
and only to remind us that we seek
to go beyond them. Let us turn to Him
Who leads the way and makes our footsteps sure.
To Him we leave these lessons, as to Him
we give our lives henceforth. For we would not
return again to the belief in sin
which made the world seem ugly and unsafe,
attacking and destroying, dangerous
in all its ways and treacherous beyond
the hope of trust and the escape from pain.
His is the only way to find the peace
that God has given us. It is His way
that everyone will travel in the end,
because it is this ending God Himself
appointed. In the dream of time it seems
to be far off. And yet, in truth, it is
already here; already serving us
as gracious guidance in the way to go.
Let us together follow in the way
that truth points out to us. And let us be
the leaders of our many brothers, who
are seeking for the way, but find it not.
And to this purpose let us dedicate
our minds, directing all our thoughts to serve
the function of salvation. Unto us
the aim is given to forgive the world.
It is the goal that God has given us.
It is His ending to the dream we seek,
and not our own. For all that we forgive
we will not fail to recognize as part
of God Himself. And thus His memory
is given back completely and complete.
It is our function to remember Him
on earth, as it is given us to be
His own completion in reality.
So let us not forget our goal is shared,
for it is that remembrance which contains
the memory of God, and points the way
to Him and to the Heaven of His peace.
And shall we not forgive our brother, who
can offer this to us? He is the way,
the truth and life that shows the way to us.
In him resides salvation, offered us
through our forgiveness, given unto him.
We will not end this year without the gift
our Father promised to His holy Son.
We are forgiven now, and we are saved
from all the wrath we thought belonged to God,
and found it was a dream. We are restored
to sanity, in which we understand
that anger is insane, attack is mad,
and vengeance merely foolish fantasy.
We have been saved from wrath because we learned
we were mistaken. Nothing more than that.
And is a father angry at his son
because he failed to understand the truth?
We come in honesty to Him, and say
we did not understand, and ask Him to
help us to learn His lessons through the Voice
of His own Teacher. Would He hurt His Son?
Or would He rush to answer him, and say,
"This is my Son, and all I have is his?"
Be certain He will answer thus, for these
are His own Words to you. And more than that
can no one ever have, for in these Words
is all there is and all that there will be
throughout all time and in eternity