15 - Purpose of Time
Fear not to recognize
the whole idea of sacrifice as solely of your making.
And seek not safety by attempting to protect yourself
from where it is not. Your brothers and your Father
have become very fearful to you. And you would bargain
with them for a few special relationships in which you
think you see some scraps of safety. Do not try longer
to keep apart your thoughts and the Thought that has
been given you. When they are brought together and perceived
where they are, the choice between them is nothing more
than a gentle awakening, and as simple as opening your
eyes to daylight when you have no more need of sleep.
sign of Christmas is a star, a light in darkness. See
it not outside yourself, but shining in the Heaven within,
and accept it as the sign the time of Christ has come.
He comes demanding nothing. No sacrifice of any kind,
of anyone, is asked by Him. In His Presence, the whole
idea of sacrifice loses all meaning. For He is Host
to God. And you need but invite Him in Who is there
already, by recognizing that His Host is One, and no
thought alien to His Oneness can abide with Him there.
Love must be total to give Him welcome, for the Presence
of holiness creates the holiness which surrounds it.
No fear can touch the Host Who cradles God in the time
of Christ, for the Host is as holy as the Perfect Innocence
which He protects, and Whose power protects Him.
This Christmas, give the Holy Spirit everything that
would hurt you. Let yourself be healed completely that
you may join with Him in healing, and let us celebrate
our release together by releasing everyone with us.
Leave nothing behind, for release is total, and when
you have accepted it with me you will give it with me.
All pain and sacrifice and littleness will disappear
in our relationship, which is as innocent as our relationship
with our Father, and as powerful. Pain will be brought
to us and disappear in our presence, and without pain
there can be no sacrifice. And without sacrifice there
love must be.
who believe that sacrifice is love must learn that sacrifice
is separation from love.
sacrifice brings guilt as surely as love brings peace.
Guilt is the condition of sacrifice, as peace is the
condition for the awareness of your relationship with
God. Through guilt you exclude your Father and your
brothers from yourself. Through peace you invite them
back, and realize that they are where your invitation
bids them be. What you excluded from yourself seems
fearful, for you endowed it with fear and tried to cast
it out, though it was part of you. Who can perceive
part of himself as loathsome, and live within himself
in peace? And who can try to resolve the perceived conflict
of Heaven and hell in him by casting Heaven out and
giving it the attributes of hell, without experiencing
himself as incomplete and lonely?
As long as you perceive the body as your reality, so
long will you perceive yourself as lonely and deprived.
so long will you also perceive yourself as a victim
of sacrifice, justified in sacrificing others. For who
could thrust Heaven and its Creator aside without a
sense of sacrifice and loss? And who can suffer sacrifice
and loss without attempting to restore himself?
how could you accomplish this yourselves, when the basis
of your attempts is the belief in the reality of the
deprivation? For deprivation breeds attack, being the
belief that attack IS justified. And as long as you
would retain the deprivation, attack becomes salvation
and sacrifice becomes love.
So is it that, in all your seeking for love, you seek
for sacrifice and find it. Yet you find not love.
is impossible to deny what love is, and still recognize
it. The meaning of love lies in what you have cast outside
yourself, and it has no meaning at all apart from you.
It is what you preferred to keep that has no meaning.
While all that you would keep away holds all the meaning
of the universe, and holds the universe together in
its meaning. For unless the universe were joined in
you it would be apart from God, and to be without Him
IS to be without meaning.
In the holy instant the condition of love is met, for
minds are joined without the body’s interference,
and where there is communication, there is peace. The
Prince of Peace was born to re-establish the condition
of love by teaching that communication remains unbroken
even if the body is destroyed, provided that you see
not the body as the necessary means of communication.
And if you understand this lesson, you will realize
that to sacrifice the body is to sacrifice nothing,
and communication, which Must be of the mind, cannot
be sacrificed. Where, then, IS sacrifice?
The lesson I was born to teach, and still would teach
to all my brothers, is that sacrifice is nowhere and
love is everywhere.
communication embraces everything, and in the peace
it re-establishes love comes of itself. Let no despair
darken the joy of Christmas, for the time of Christ
is meaningless apart from joy. Let us join in celebrating
peace by demanding no sacrifice of anyone, for so will
you offer me the love I offer you. What can be more
joyous than to perceive we are deprived of nothing?
Such is the message of the time of Christ, which I give
you that you may give it, and return it to the Father,
Who gave it to me. For in the time of Christ communication
is restored, and He joins us in the celebration of His
God offers thanks to the holy host who would receive
Him, and let Him enter and abide where He would be.
And by your welcome does He welcome you into Himself,
for what is contained in you who welcome Him is returned
to Him. And we but celebrate His Wholeness as we welcome
Him into ourselves. Those who receive the Father are
One with Him, being host to Him Who created them. And
by allowing Him to enter, the remembrance of the Father
enters with Him, and with Him they remember the only
relationship they ever had, and ever want to have.
This is the weekend in which a new year will be born
from the time of Christ. I have perfect faith in you
to do all that you would accomplish. Nothing will be
lacking, and you will make complete, and not destroy.
Say and understand this:
“I give you to the Holy Spirit as part of
myself. I know that you will be released, unless I
want to use you to imprison myself. In the name of
my freedom I will your release, Because I recognize
that we will be released together.”
So will the year begin in joy and freedom. There is
much to do, and we have been long delayed. Accept the
holy instant as this year is born, and take your place,
so long left unfulfilled, in the Great Awakening. Make
this year different by making it all the same. And let
all your relationships be made holy for you. This is
our will. Amen.