Lesson 122

  • Forgiveness offers everything I want
  • What could you want forgiveness cannot give?
  • Do you want peace? Forgiveness offers it.
  • Do you want happiness? A quiet mind,
  • a certainty of purpose, and a sense
  • of worth and beauty that transcends the world?
  • Do you want care and safety, and the warmth
  • of sure protection always? Do you want
  • a quietness that cannot be disturbed?
  • A gentleness that never can be hurt?
  • A deep abiding comfort and a rest
  • so perfect it can never be upset?
  • All this forgiveness offers you and more.
  • It sparkles on your eyes as you awake
  • and gives you joy with which to meet the day.
  • It soothes your forehead while you sleep and rests
  • upon your eyelids so you see no dreams
  • of fear and evil, malice and attack.
  • And when you wake again it offers you
  • another day of happiness and peace.
  • All this forgiveness offers you and more.
  • Forgiveness lets the veil be lifted up
  • that hides the face of chirst from those who look
  • with unforgiving eyes upon the world.
  • It lets you recognize the son of god
  • and clears your memory of all dead thoughts
  • so that remembrance of your father can
  • arise across the threshold of your mind.
  • What would you want forgiveness cannot give?
  • What gifts but these are worthy to be sought?
  • What fancied value, trivial effect,
  • or transient promise, never to be kept,
  • can hold more hope that what forgiveness brings?
  • Why would you seek an answer other than
  • the answer that will answer everything?
  • Here is the perfect answer given to
  • imperfect questions, meaningless requests,
  • halfhearted willingness to hear and less
  • than halfway diligence and partial trust.
  • Here is the answer! Seek for it no more -
  • you will not find another one instead.
  • God’s plan for your salvation cannot change,
  • nor can it fail. Be thankful it remains
  • exactly as he planned it. Changelessly
  • it stands before you like an open door
  • with warmth and welcome calling from beyond
  • the doorway, bidding you to enter in
  • and make yourself at home where you belong.
  • Here is the answer! Would you stand outside
  • while all of heaven waits for you within?
  • Forgive and be forgiven; as you give
  • you will receive. There is no plan but this
  • for the salvation of the son of god.
  • Let us today rejoice that this is so,
  • for here we have an answer — clear and plain
  • beyond deceit in its simplicity.
  • All the complexities the world has spun
  • of fragile cobwebs disappear before
  • the power and the majesty of this
  • extremely simple statement of the truth.

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