Joel S. Goldsmith

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The Infinite Way Monthly Letter

Lesson for Children

May 1956


It is a beautiful, calm, serene and peaceful day here in Hawaii, and from my window I look out upon a bright blue sky, filled with lazily moving, fleecy white clouds.  Close at hand is the rhythmic sound of the surf, and in the distance the little grey doves can be heard calling softly back and forth. All about there is an atmosphere of Peace, which is an atmosphere of Love.  There can be no doubt about that Love: evidence of it can be seen everywhere, especially in the beautiful colors and varieties of the flowers and foilage.  Why, just the other day, I was told that on the Garden Isle of Kauai there are five thousand species of one flower, and so you can imagine how many, many colors and forms must appear in just that one flower.  Only God's Love for His Children and for His Creation could bring forth such abundance of beauty of form, color, variety and fragrance. And so today, as I send you my Aloha Greeting of Love, it comes to my thought that Love is another name for Peace.  Whenever I think of God, I think of Love; and whenever I think of Love, I think of Peace. For, God is Love and God is Peace!

The dictionary defines Peace as a state of tranquility or quiet; freedom from fear and conflict; harmony.  This definition brings to mind a wonderful and beautiful message from our Master and Teacher, Christ Jesus, wherein He says:"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."  Jesus always told us that, "My doctrine (that is, Jesus' teaching) is not mine, but his that sent me."  In other words, Jesus came to earth to give us God's Peace.  Every word of the Master is meant to be used for the glorification of God in our experience; every word is meant as a fulfillment of Love, of Good, to you.  When Jesus says, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly," He was really saying, "I am the Son of God, and I am bringing the Love of God to you.  God's Peace reaches you through me."

This is true in your own experience.  Just as Jesus was a Child of God, the Messenger who brought "My Peace" - the Peace of God to you - so are you young people the Children of God who must bring the Love of God and the Peace of God to your families and friends, and into your homes and schools.  You children must accept the same responsibility that our great Teacher accepted, and wherever you go you too must be willing to say (silently and secretly, of course) "I bring the Peace of God to this home, to this schoolroom, to this playground.The Peace of God in me I bring to you."  There may be an occasion, now and then, when you may speak this in words, but you will remember what I told you in our first lesson - You do not have to say it aloud.  For instance, when you come home from school, instead of rushing in helter skelter, pause for just a little moment and remember that you are bringing the Peace, "My Peace," the Peace of God into your household and when you do that you bless every member of your family.

In the same way, when you enter your classroom or a store, or any other place you may happen to go, remember that You now carry with you the Peace that the Master gave to you, and always be ready and willing to give it forth to others. In this realization of God's Peace, there will be no need for any students to fall back in their studies or fail in their examinations; there need be no unruly, unkind or thoughtless children; there need be no harsh or impatient teachers.  Part of the responsibility for your schoolmate's success and for your teacher's good nature, rests uponYou!.

Up to now, perhaps you have thought that all the responsibility was upon your parents, or your older brothers and sisters, or your teachers, but now you must accept some of the responsibility yourselves.  And the first responsibility that you can accept is Love.  You, as Children of God, must bring the same message of Love into your circles that the Master brought into His when, in speaking to His disciples, his mother and brothers, He said, "My peace I give unto you."  You must bring that same peace into your homes, schools and playgrounds.

The Master once was asked which of the Commandments was the greatest, and He answered that the first Commandment was to love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind; and the second was to love your neighbor as yourself.  In order to be an Infinite Way student at all, you must make Love the central theme of your whole existence: First, in your love to God; and secondly, in your love to all those with whom you are brought into contact.

There is a systematic and orderly way to do this and, if you are really sincere in being students of The Infinite Way, it is a way which you can practice with very little effort or trouble, and without forgetting.  First of all, remember these words of the Master, Christ Jesus:  "Peace I leave with you, peace I give unto you."  Memorize these words, learn them by heart. "My Peace I give unto you" and every time you enter or leave your homes or your schools, just remember: God's Peace I leave with you.