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“I rest in God.”
This lesson helps me remember What and Where I am in truth. Telling myself consistently, “I rest in God,” helps me step back just enough to look at life’s seeming occurrences a different way. I am so grateful for the peace and stillness of God. I am so grateful to let my mind be still a while. It is so nurturing and filled with peace.
I especially like paragraphs 8 and 9, where Jesus talks about calling all our brothers to rest with us. “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.”
In this world, resting seems very unproductive. Jesus shows me here how truly helpful my willingness to join with all my brothers in rest is to both myself and the whole Sonship. He tells me, “We give to those unborn and those passed by, to every Thought of God and to the Mind in which these Thoughts were born and where they rest. And we remind them of their resting place each time we tell ourselves, “I rest in God.”
This helps me see how important my hourly remembrances are. I think of the thousands and thousands of people doing this lesson today and calling to their brothers to rest with them. What a powerful force our united practice is in this time of world turmoil.
I am so grateful for this daily practice, both for myself and all my brothers in the world who are dreaming this dream of separation. We are ready to remember that we all rest in God. That is the truth, now and forever, no matter what stories we are dreaming about.
The statement, “I rest in God” is the acknowledgment of the truth of my reality, your reality and everyone’s reality. The truth is we all are still as God created us. We are still the Thought of Love in the Mind of Love. We have not made our clashing dreams reality. We truly do rest in God right now, no matter what dreams we may be dreaming.
Accepting the truth that I rest in God all through the day helps the truth return to my awareness. It helps me awaken to the fact that I never left Heaven. Accepting the fact that I rest in God right now helps me change my mind about what I think is true. It helps me detach from the dreams I have been thinking are real. What a blessing!
Jesus tells me, “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.” Jesus is letting me know that this is a very powerful thought. It surely is worth my hourly remembrance. In fact, I don’t know what is more important than this.
While I was doing this morning’s lesson several people came to mind and I mentally invited them to join me. Then a situation came to mind and I found my sense of peace dissolving as I focused on it. So I said, “This can rest in God, too,” and I returned to peace.
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