059 To Paraphrase

 059 To Paraphrase

To paraphrase is to restatement of a text or passage in another form or other words, often to clarify meaning. Expressed in other words can become a useful personal teaching aide.

TO PARAPHRASE - A MOST PERSONAL USEFUL TOOL - Often the words I use to paraphrase are but shadows of the originally stated idea but by putting it in my own words that idea takes on a personal meaning. The following is a good example to share: "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, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Perhaps a hundred times I pray and meditate seeking a demonstration or some sign that my Higher Power is 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. For this moment it is 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. Now I realize it was not that last prayer or meditation that did it, but all that had gone before.

QUESTION:

1. Would you be willing to take one of the great ideas you have heard or read and paraphrase it?

Random Awakening

I don't believe that our Father is ever disappointed in any of us, even when we do really bad things.