Thursday, July 3, 2008

Lesson 109 “I rest in God.”

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 a while. 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 and come to you because you rest in God. They will not 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 Thoughts 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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Lesson 109
“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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