Daily Inspiration

How to Bless and Be Blessed

Child of peace, the light has come to you. The light you bring you do not recognize, and yet you will remember. Who can deny himself the vision that he brings to others? And who would fail to recognize a gift he let be laid in Heaven through himself? The gentle service that you give the Holy Spirit is service to yourself. You who are now His means must love all that He loves. And what you bring is your remembrance of everything that is eternal. No trace of anything in time can long remain in a mind that serves the timeless. And no illusion can disturb the peace of a relationship that has become the means of peace.

What can it be but universal blessing to look on what your Father loves with charity? Extension of forgiveness is the Holy Spirit’s function. Leave this to Him. Let your concern be only that you give to Him that which can be extended. Save no dark secrets that He cannot use, but offer Him the tiny gifts He can extend forever. He will take each one and make of it a potent force for peace. He will withhold no blessing from it, nor limit it in any way. He will join to it all the power that God has given Him, to make each little gift of love a source of healing for everyone. Each little gift you offer to your brother lights up the world. Be not concerned with darkness; look away from it and toward your brother. And let the darkness be dispelled by Him Who knows the light, and lays it gently in each quiet smile of faith and confidence with which you bless your brother. (A Course in Miracles, T-22.VI.6;9. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

When we dedicate a relationship to the practice of forgiveness, it becomes a holy relationship. Each time we offer a perception that disturbs our peace to the Holy Spirit with willingness for Him to let His Light shine away the dark thoughts of fear and guilt, we bring a gift to the world. As we forgive our brother with the Holy Spirit’s help, we let Love replace fear. We learn that what we thought our brother did to offend us did not really occur. It was based on the mistaken belief that separation is real.

The Holy Spirit’s Light unifies. The ego’s denial of Light divides. We serve the Holy Spirit with the practice of forgiveness. Each gift of forgiveness makes way for Love to enter and shine away the darkness. We bring salvation to the world with each gift of forgiveness. The Holy Spirit extends this gift, bringing the Light of Love to all who would receive it.

We dedicate today to doing our part by letting Holy Spirit help us forgive. It will be a day of blessing and being blessed.

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