Paraphrasing Makes It Personal “Pay Forward” #71

Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is – Paraphrasing Makes It Personal. Often my paraphrasing is but shadows of the original idea but it takes on a personal meaning. An 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 or meditations seems to help, I remember the stonecutter hammering away at his rock, a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Perhaps a hundred times I prayed and meditated seeking a demonstration or some sign that our Father was doing for me what I cannot, but I experience nothing but silence. Perhaps, at the hundred and first prayer or meditation I realize a demonstration of His Will for me. My proof that I have an Invisible means of Support. I am now supplied with all I need to carry out His Will, for me. I realize it was not that last prayer or meditation that did it, but all that had gone before. I am reminded of the many times I tried to stay sober, alone and unaided, but could not. Those failures brought me to my bottom, not just the last one. Then along came A.A. and sobriety. Thy Love, Thy Will be done.

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