Lesson 109

  • I Rest in God
  • We ask for rest today, and quietness
  • unshaken by the world’s appearances.
  • We ask for peace and stillness, in the midst
  • of all the turmoil born of clashing dreams.
  • We ask for safety and for happiness,
  • although we seem to look on
  • danger and on sorrow.
  • And we have the thought
  • that will answer our asking
  • with what we request:
  • I rest in god.
  • This thought will bring to you
  • the rest and quiet, peace
  • and stillness, and the safety
  • and the happiness you seek.
  • I rest in god.
  • This thought has power to wake
  • the sleeping truth in you, whose
  • vision sees beyond appearances
  • to that same truth in everyone
  • and everything there is.
  • Here is the end of suffering
  • for all the world, and everyone
  • who ever came and yet will come
  • to linger for awhile.
  • Here is the thought in which
  • the son of god is born again,
  • to recognize himself.
  • I rest in god.
  • Completely undismayed,
  • this thought will carry you
  • through storms and strife,
  • past misery and pain,
  • past loss and death,
  • and onward to
  • the certainty of god.
  • There is no suffering it cannot heal.
  • There is no problem that it cannot solve.
  • And no appearance but will turn to truth
  • before the eyes of you who rest in god.
  • This is the day of peace.
  • You rest in god, and while the world
  • is torn by winds of hate
  • your rest remains completely undisturbed.
  • Yours is the rest of truth. Appearances
  • cannot intrude on you. You call to all
  • to join you in your rest, and they will hear
  • another voice than yours because you gave
  • your voice to god.
  • And now you rest in him and let him speak
  • through you. In him you have
  • no cares and no concerns,
  • no burdens, no anxiety, no pain,
  • no fear of future and no past regrets.
  • In timelessness you rest, while time goes by
  • without its touch upon you, for your rest
  • can never change in any way at all.
  • You rest today, and as you close your eyes,
  • sink into stillness. Let these periods
  • of rest and respite reassure your mind
  • that all its frantic fantasies were but
  • the dreams of fever that has passed away.
  • Let it be still and thankfully accept
  • its healing. No more fearful dreams will come,
  • now that you rest in god. Take time today
  • to slip away from dreams and into peace.
  • Each hour that you take your rest today,
  • a tired mind is suddenly made glad,
  • a bird with broken wings begins to sing,
  • a stream long dry begins to flow again.
  • The world is born again each time you rest,
  • and hourly remember that you came
  • to bring the peace of god into the world,
  • that it might take its rest along with you.
  • With each five minutes that you rest today,
  • the world is nearer waking, and the time
  • when rest will be the only thing there is
  • comes closer to all worn and tired minds,
  • too weary now to go their way alone.
  • And they will hear the bird begin to sing
  • and see the stream begin to flow again,
  • with hope reborn and energy restored
  • to walk with lightened steps along the road
  • that suddenly seems easy as they go.
  • You rest within the peace of god today,
  • and call upon your brothers from your rest
  • to draw them to their rest, along with you.
  • You will be faithful to your trust today,
  • forgetting no one, bringing everyone
  • into the boundless circle of your peace,
  • the holy sanctuary where you rest.
  • Open the temple doors and let them come
  • from far across the world, and near as well;
  • your distant brothers and your closest friends;
  • bid them all enter here and rest with you.
  • You rest within the peace of god today,
  • quiet and unafraid. Each brother comes
  • to take his rest and offer it to you.
  • We rest together here, for thus our rest
  • is made complete, and what we give today
  • we have received already. Time is not
  • the guardian of what we give today.
  • We give to those unborn and those passed by,
  • to every thought of god, and to the mind
  • in which these thought were born and where they rest.
  • And we remind them of their resting place
  • each time we tell ourselves, I rest in god.

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