Paraphrasing “Pay Forward” #227

Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is – Paraphrasing. To express an idea in other words or forms is a useful teaching aide, helping us put an important concept into practice, where it can turn into a living experience. Often the words I use are but shadows of the originally stated idea but by putting it in my own words or forms it takes on a personal meaning. The following is a good example. “When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before” Jacob Riis. My paraphrase - When none of my prayers seems to help, I remember the stonecutter hammering away at his rock. Perhaps a hundred times I pray, seeking a demonstration or some sign that my Higher Power is doing for me what I cannot, but I experience nothing but silence. Yet at the hundred and first prayer, I experience a demonstration of our Father’s Will for me. For that moment it is my proof that I have an Invisible means of Support. I’m supplied with all I need to carry out His Will, for me. I clearly understand it was not that last prayer that did it, but all that had gone before. Thy Love, Thy Will be done.

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