T. 17. V. 8 – 12. Jesus: “Having accepted holiness as the goal of your relationship, accept with gladness what you do not yet understand, and let it be explained to you as you perceive the new goal work in the relationship to actually make it holy!
You may find many opportunities to blame your brother for the seeming ‘failure’ of your relationship, for it will seem at times to have no purpose. A sense of aimlessness will come to haunt you, and to remind you of all the ways you once sought for satisfaction and thought you found it. Forget not now the misery you really found, and do not try to breathe life into your faltering ego! For your relationship has not been disrupted. It has been saved!
You are very new in the ways of salvation, and may think you have lost your way. Your old way is lost, but think not this really is loss! In your newness, remember that you and your brother have started again, together now, unseparated. So take his hand, as you walk together along a road far more familiar than you can yet believe. Is it not certain that you will come to remember a goal unchanged throughout eternity? For you have chosen but the goal of God, from which your true intent was never absent.
Throughout the Sonship is the song of freedom heard, in joyous echo of your choice. In the holy instant you have joined with many, and will find that they have joined with you. Think not your choice will leave you comfortless, for God Himself has blessed your holy relationship. Join in His blessing, and withhold not yours upon your relationship! For all it needs now is your blessing, that you may see that in it rests salvation. Condemn your salvation not, for it has come to you at last! And so you welcome it together, for it has come to join you and your brother, together, in a relationship in which all the Sonship is together blessed!
You undertook, together, to invite the Holy Spirit into your relationship. He could not have entered otherwise. Although you may have made many mistakes since then, you have also made enormous strides to help Him do His work. And He has not been lacking in appreciation for all that you have done for Him. Nor does He see the mistakes at all! Have you been similarly grateful to your brother?
Have you consistently appreciated all the good efforts, and overlooked all seeming mistakes? Or has your appreciation flickered and grown dim in what seemed to be the light of the mistakes? Perhaps you are now entering upon a campaign to blame him for the temporary discomfort of the bewilderment in which you find yourself. It is by this lack of thanks and gratitude you make yourself unable to express the holy instant, and thus you will lose sight of it.
The experience of an instant, however compelling it may be, is easily forgotten if you allow the ego’s use of time to close over it. It must be kept shining and gracious in your perception of time, but not concealed within it. The instant remains. But where are you?
To continually give thanks to your brother is to appreciate the holy instant, and thus enable its results to be accepted and shared. To attack your brother is not to lose the instant, but to make it powerless in its effects!”