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The holy instant is the miracle's abiding place. From there, each one is born into this world as witness to a state of mind that has transcended conflict, and has reached to peace. It carries comfort from the place of peace into the battleground, and demonstrates that war has no effects. For all the hurt that war has sought to bring, the broken bodies and the shattered limbs, the screaming dying and the silent dead, are gently lifted up and comforted.

 The peace of God is shining in me now, and from my heart extends around the world. It pauses to caress each living thing, and leaves a blessing with it that remains forever and forever. What it gives must be eternal. It removes all thoughts of the ephemeral and valueless. It brings renewal to all tired hearts, and lights all vision as it passes by. All of its gifts are given everyone, and everyone unites in giving thanks to me who gives, and to me who has received.

I may wonder how I can be at peace when, while I am in time, there is so much that must be done before the way to peace is open. Perhaps this seems impossible to me. But then I ask myself if it is possible that God would have a plan for my salvation that does not work. Once I accept His plan as the one function that I would fulfill, there will be nothing else the Holy Spirit will not arrange for me without my effort. He will go before me making straight my path, and leaving in my way no stones to trip on, and no obstacles to bar my way.

Nothing I need will be denied me. Not one seeming difficulty but will melt away before I reach it. I need give thought to nothing and care not for anything except the one purpose that I would fulfill. As that was given me, so will its fulfillment be. God's guarantee will hold against all obstacles, for it rests on certainty and not on contingency. It rests on me. And what can be more certain than a Son of God?

Your peace is with me, Father. I am safe. Your peace surrounds me. Where I go, Your peace goes there with me. It sheds its light on everyone I meet. I bring it to the desolate and lonely and afraid. I give Your peace to those who suffer pain, or grieve for loss, or think they are bereft of hope and happiness. Send them to me, my Father. Let me bring Your peace with me. For I would save Your Son, as is Your Will, that I may come to recognize my Self.

And so I go in peace. To all the world I give the message that I have received. And thus I come to hear the Voice for God, Who speaks to me as I relate His Word; Whose Love I recognize because I share the Word that He has given unto me.

How holy am I who have the power to bring peace to every mind! How blessed am I who can learn to recognize the means for letting this be done through me! What purpose could I have that would bring me greater happiness?

I am as God created me. The sounds of this world are still, the sights of this world disappear, and all the thoughts that this world ever held are wiped away forever by this one idea. Here is salvation accomplished. Here is sanity restored. True light is strength, and strength is sinlessness. If I remain as God created me, I must be strong and light must be in me. He Who ensured my sinlessness must be the guarantee of strength and light as well. I am as God created me. Darkness cannot obscure the glory of God's Son. I stand in light, strong in the sinlessness in which I was created, and in which I will remain throughout eternity.