God Is Happiness

Dear God,

I am reading a spiritual book, finding many heartfelt ideas there.  One thing that it says, though, is that we must learn through pain, pain that arises when subconscious thoughts come up to the conscious mind and get us off center.  A Course in Miracles differs, saying that it is not necessary to learn through pain—that rewards are more lasting.

We often, it is true, learn from pain.  But I don’t think this way comes from You.  You are all happiness, and it is this I would experience today and every day.

I appreciate Your listening to me and giving me Your best ideas.

Amen.

Discovering through Rewards

Dear God,

Sometimes in this life I set up situations that proved to be painful for me, but I know I did it for a higher purpose.

A Course in Miracles says that we don’t have to learn through pain, that rewards are more lasting. And A Course of Love says that we discover, not learn, when we have walked far enough down the pathway back to You. If I stay close to You, I can discover rewards–not pain. You and I together can handle anything.

Thank You for the assurance that You are always with me. Thank You for the revelations of ACIM and ACOL as well.

Amen.