Ch. 15. XI. 1 – 3. Jesus: “Fear not to recognize the whole idea of sacrifice as solely of your own making! And seek not safety by attempting to protect yourself with something ‘outside of you,’ where it is not. Your brothers and your Father have become very fearful to you as you have tried to separate from them. And so you would but ‘bargain with them’ for a few special relationships in which you think you see some scraps of safety.
Try no longer to keep apart your ‘separate’ thoughts from the Thought that has been given you for your healing. When they are brought together and perceived just as 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!
The sign of Christmas is a star, a light in darkness which shines the darkness away. 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.
Love must be total to give Christ welcome, for the Presence of Holiness creates the holiness that 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.
All pain and sacrifice and littleness will disappear in our holy relationship, which is as innocent as our relationship with our Father, and every bit 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!”