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Into eternity, where all is one, there crept a tiny, mad idea, at which I remembered not to laugh. In my forgetting did the thought become a serious idea, and possible of both accomplishment and real effects. Now, I can laugh them both away, and understand that time cannot intrude upon eternity. It is a joke to think that time can come to circumvent eternity, which means there is no time.

 Perception's basic law could thus be said, "I will rejoice at what I see because I see it to rejoice." And while I think that suffering and sin will bring me joy, so long will they be there for me to see. Nothing is harmful or beneficent apart from what I wish. It is my wish that makes it what it is in its effects on me. Because I chose it as a means to gain these same effects, believing them to be the bringers of rejoicing and of joy. Even in Heaven does this law obtain. I create to bring myself joy, sharing my Father's purpose in my own creation, that my joy might be increased, and God's along with mine.

In fearlessness and love I spend today.

This day, my Father, would I spend with You, as You have chosen all my days should be. And what I will experience is not of time at all. The joy that comes to me is not of days nor hours, for it comes from Heaven to Your Son. This day will be Your sweet reminder to remember You, Your gracious calling to Your holy Son, the sign Your grace has come to me, and that it is Your Will I be set free today.

All the world joins with me in my song of thankfulness and joy to Him Who gave salvation to me, and Who set me free. I am restored to peace and holiness. There is no room in me for fear today, for I have welcomed love into my heart.

An ancient hate is passing from the world. And with it goes all hatred and all fear. I look back no longer, for what lies ahead is all I ever wanted in my heart. I give up the world! But not to sacrifice. I never wanted it. What happiness have I sought here that did not bring me pain? What moment of contentment has not been bought at fearful price in coins of suffering? Joy has no cost. It is my sacred right.

God, being Love, is also happiness. And it is happiness I seek today. I cannot fail, because I seek the truth.