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The Secret of Keeping the Christmas Rose of Joy



Merry Christmas! One and all,

             On Christmas Morning, 1992 Jesus greeted us with a great dictation.  It was one of those dictations that stays with you and affects you for the rest of your life.  And so, this Sunday we shall study this great teaching. 

             Here are a few paragraphs to get us into his thoughts for this Sunday’s Christmas Service.  It is recorded in Vol. 35 No. 69 of the Pearls of Wisdom.

               “…..In my Heart I come to you.

           “And I come to you to unfold the Christmas Rose.

           “Let the story of the Christmas Rose be for you a deep meditation upon the gifts of the Holy Spirit that you might seek and win.

           “Be seated, beloved, for I am come to you to impart a joy that cannot and will not be extinguished within you.

          “Would you not know the secret of keeping the Christmas Rose of joy–joy perpetually in the heart that nothing can move or turn aside?  Would you not become the invincible manifestation of my joy, beloved?  [“Yes.”]

          “I would also know you as the “joy fountains” in the earth where I may come and drink, where many who are without joy may drink of the fount and yet the fount should not decrease. Oh, the perpetual giving of the flame of joy!

        “Oh, the laughter of the Christed ones who know this joy and who have discovered the secret of not letting go of it under any circumstance!

        “Is this not the true joy of self-mastery?

        “Indeed it is, beloved.

        “Well, then, when you set yourself to this determination to open the floodgates of joy that shall never be shut again–a joy that is the perpetual fountain of Life flowing through you descending from your I AM Presence–you thereby challenge all forces of doom and gloom and all sundry manifestations that happen to be along the lines of self-preference and indulgence and the dependency upon others for happiness, for fun, for laughter.

       “There must be a moment in your life when you say:  “I will let no man take my crown of joy!  I will stand and still stand. I will find the joy in every happening, in every occurrence I see. And where I see nonjoy, I shall have within myself such a momentum of joy that I may fill the vacuum!”

      “Blessed hearts, you may not be able to convert others to joy, for so many, so many enjoy the indulgence in sadness, in self- sympathy and self-pity. So many are so accustomed to nonjoy that allows the complaining and the self-indulgence that they would not know what to do with themselves if life were perpetually joyous.

       “Joy is an inner quietude.

       “It is an inner consciousness of well-being.

       “It is an inner point of contact with all stars and Causal Bodies.

       “Joy is what centers you in the crisscrossings of the great antahkarana of Life. When you are in joy, you are in sync with the great Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

       “Joy, then, must come by an appreciation of small things and great, an appreciation of life as it is before you in a moment.

       “Is it a glistening dewdrop?

       “Is it the face of a child or a smile?

       “Is it something precious that is without price, for it comes directly from the heart?”

          Please join us this Christmas Sunday and fourth Sunday of Advent in our study of Jesus’ Christmas dictation given in 1992 on The Secret of Keeping the Christmas Rose of Joy.

In His Love,

 Rev. Carl Showalter


9:00 a.m. CDT:  Rosary:  The Joyful Mysteries

10:00 a.m.:  Meditation

Welcome

Hymn 147:  Joy to the World

Invocation

Hymn 148:  Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Great Central Sun Ritual, Ashram Ritual 2, page 25.

Hymn 106:  What Child is This?

Scripture Lesson:  1 Corinthians 12 & 13

Hymn 152:  Silent Night

Pastoral Prayer

Meditation:  I Give You a Rose

The Teaching: The Secret of Keeping the Christmas Rose of Joy

Holy Communion

Offering Our Gifts of Thanksgiving

Holy Communion 

Love Offering: Our Gifts of Thanksgiving

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