1999-02-28-Eighth Year Anniversary Leap Year
Topic: Eighth Year Anniversary
Group: Woods Cross TeaM
I am ABRAHAM. Welcome. It is my great honor to be your friend and teacher. As I have promised, I will say a few words of this, our anniversary. I have known many of you even as small children. I have spent many years in preparation for starting this Teaching Mission. I have quite a number of hours in training for what would become a powerful epochal event on Urantia, and, with all my preparation and service, I have never received so much education, love and kindness as I have felt in our Teaching Mission.
Years ago, on our first meeting with my brother Ham, we were quite skeptical and apprehensive about meeting with mortals at a time in history where such faith was rare and many individuals felt hopeless. We were fully trained and confident going in with our information, and yet, our expectations were not always met. What a challenge it had proved to be for us - the teaching staff.
In these years, we have lived your lives with you. We have endeavored to reach the masses through you. We have followed our orders as we had received them, and yet, it was the actual living 'with you' that had brought us so much.
We have experienced the great magnitude of joy and elation as you had discovered our presence and purpose. We have seen you through the wishful thinking and mysticisms. We have experienced with you the disillusionment and the entering into the realness of life. And, through all our spiritual teachings, were we made to feel our words could be of comfort or our words could fall upon deaf ears.
I personally have escorted you to weddings -- in weddings of members in the group. I have been with some of you at your children's birth. I have stood vigil at the bedside at our ailing members and I wept at your sadness for lost friends and family members. I have seen you loose and gain employment. I have witnessed the harshness of divorce. I have listened to your countless stories of inspiration, or, your stories of complaining.
Yes, we have most definitely cross-matched our life experience and most certainly we can say there was indeed growth. There was more positive than negative; there was more joy than grief; there was more truth than falseness.
In our years together, I have witnessed you stumble over one another only to find your way back to your mission purpose. The hard feelings were certainly a part of your growth, but, just as biological family members, you have expressed yourselves fully. You have criticized and been criticized; you have ridiculed and been ridiculed; you have skimmed the top of falsehood, and even then, that had not withered the foundation of your dedication.
My experience with you has shown me that even in the midst of such diversity or hurt feelings or misconceptions, can you maintain and unshakable dedication to our Father and Michael's overall Correcting Time Mission.
I have gone away many a night from your group with such a humorous energy that had sustained me for many hours. I had witnessed one member time after time ministering to another. I have seen how you look into one another's eyes and care so deeply. For that -- I am deeply touched.
I am inspired by the strength the human spirit. I am always each week made to learn, or laugh, or cry; and always, I am each week more dedicated than the last. I should always count myself blessed to have involvement in your lives here and in the next world to come.
Our lesson formats have changed over the years to suit the group mind. We have made adjustments according to your experiences and the desires of what topics you want to learn. I should always take note of the groups direction and adjust my lessons according as I am intrusted by my superiors.
What began as seemingly phenomenal, should now appear to be casual -- uneventful -- plain and ordinary; for we are moving Urantia into a new age. I hope that I can aid you in expanding your vision and getting past the small things of today towards a new and better tomorrow.
I am at last granted permission to speak more on morontial realities and how they affect your mortal lives. For Urantia to move into a better age, we are to plant the seeds of morontial possibilities. This will be the focus of our upcoming series, yes. I will take only a few questions.
(All questions paraphrased)
RACHEL: (Thanks, I think we are the ones who are blessed.)
RACHEL: (Were there quite a few celestial beings there that night eight years ago?)
ABRAHAM: Absolutely. A great number of beings were in attendance, for you see, it was new also for many of us. This type of communication does occur also on other worlds and also in worlds who have experienced rebellion. Yes, the beings who were involved were many of the teachers you now know -- many who were being trained and many assisting us in our techniques. Also were there -- Power Directors who had helped us with the actual correspondence. Another question?
TECTRA: (A question about Willeena's friend which she has thought of to help, who has gone through so much abuse and etc. Is it possible for this woman to receive help, or is she sort of beyond being reached?)
ABRAHAM: One question for Willeena: Does this woman appear to help herself? Does she put forth the effort to aid in her own well-being? One who cannot participate in their wellness finds difficulty in accepting help from others. Willeena can only help to a certain point and then release her into Father's care. You see, all is not lost - even if this woman cannot find understanding and comfort in this life. Beyond the mortal body, there are answers and solutions.
ABRAHAM: From what I can understand, his experience is no different from anyone else's. We all feel confident in our spiritual leading at times and there is a point where the spiritual lessons become more difficult and cause feelings of inadequacy or confusion. The lessons will always be bigger and more difficult. This exercises those spiritual muscles and keeps one reaching heavenward. One who is confident in all their spiritual steps has stopped at that particular learning level. They begin to lose their footing and begin to slip, and, have to face Father and again ask for guidance. This is not a life where things are carved in stone, no, but a life where the lessons are living and growing and moving. Yes, that is all. (Thank you Abraham.)