Do you sometimes feel as though everything in your life needs new direction and improvement? Do you long for God’s wisdom, order, and healing power to work through your mind and body, for His love and peace to fill your heart? Your life can change if you will quietly know, this very moment, God is in control!

Then let go, and let Him be!

Stop thinking of yourself as weak, sick, or afraid. Claim God as your Father. See God in control of every cell and atom of your being.

Let go, and let God be in control.

This moment, no matter to what extent your human emotions of discouragement, loneliness, or feelings of emptiness want to take charge, stop their activity within your mind and heart quickly with the words:
God is in charge.
God is in control.
Claim this Truth strongly and insistently.
Demand of your mind that your mind know it!
Demand of your feelings that your feelings feel it!
Decree and affirm silently and aloud, lovingly and persistently:
God is in control.

As you turn to God for guidance, divine wisdom will fill you with supreme assurance.
When you turn your body, life, and affairs over to God’s control, you are then a free channel for the expression of healing, order, joy, and success. You are turning yourself over to the higher thoughts and the higher ways of God, and to the presence and power of God’s love that is within you always.

This was the very purpose for which Jesus came and taught and demonstrated and lived. He knew what all persons can know, practiced what all persons can practice, and expressed what all persons can express when they give God control of their lives.… for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes. (Matthew 7:29)

When God is in control, the utmost good comes through to bless everyone concerned.

– excerpts, Mary Kupferle, “God is in Control!”
God Will See You Through, copyright 1983

Lo, I am with you always,
even unto the end of the world.

Matthew 28:20b

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… until men pray, there are some things which God cannot do through them. … The souls who have ushered in new eras of spiritual life have never been content with working for God. They have made it their ideal to let God work through them.

So these greater servants of God have not thought chiefly of what they could do for God, but of what God could do through them if they gave him opportunity. To be pliable in the hands of God was their first aim. Never to be unresponsive to his will for them was their supreme concern.

The ideal of such living is deeper than working for God. To release the Eternal Purpose through their lives into the world; to be made a vehicle for power which they do not create but can transmit–this is their ideal.

(When one) prays in order that he may release through his life what God wishes done, he has discovered the great secret. Through him, habitually praying, God can do what else would be impossible.

We have, then, two fundamentally opposed ideas of prayer: one, that by begging we may change the will of God and curry favor or win gifts by coaxing; the other, that prayer is offering God the opportunity to say to us, give to us, and do through us what he wills. Only the second is Christian. At once we see that the second (way of prayer) makes prayer not a form but a force. Prayer really does things. It cannot change God’s intention, but it does change God’s action. God had long intended Isaiah to be his prophet. When Isaiah said, “Here am I, send me,” he did not alter in the least the divine purpose, but he did release it. God could do then what before he could not.

No one can set clear limits to this release of divine power which the effectual prayer of a righteous man can accomplish.

 – Harry Emerson Fosdick, The Meaning of Prayer, 1920

Let thy work appear unto thy servants,
and thy glory unto their children.
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Psalm 90:16-17

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Dear friend, you have what it takes to throw off old limitations.
You have what it takes to relax and let go.
You have what it takes to give the burden to God now.
You have what it takes to respond to God’s healing power.
You have what it takes to demonstrate prosperity.
You have what it takes to trust in the good and to patiently let the divine plan unfold.
You have what it takes to face change and upheaval with faith and serenity.
You have what it takes, because built into the depths of your soul is the ability to handle victoriously every challenge of your life.

Remember that you are not at the mercy of the negative in life. Consistently rebuild your awareness of oneness with the Father through steady acceptance of the positive.

As Jesus looked up and gave thanks that He would have what was required to feed the multitude, heal the sick, and to bring about miracles, you too can look to the same source, the same presence, the same power, the same Father, the same provider of every good in your life. As Jesus knew that he had whatever it would take to pass through Gethsemane and to rise out of the tomb, so you can know that you too, have what it takes to walk victoriously through every challenge into the light. As a child of God, you have what it takes!

 – Mary L. Kupferle, God Will See You Through, copyright 1983.

Whoever is of God listens to God.
– Those who belong to God hear the words of God.

John 8:47a

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Our need for God is reciprocal. The Creator needs us to activate the Presence through receiving and fulfilling it in our daily lives, in our response to guidance, in our sense of “what to do,” in accepting the desires placed in our hearts by the Almighty – our vocation. In discovering the call on our life, we live to the full. We respond by “doing” it, nurturing it, enjoying it, developing it, learning from others, listening and following deep inner propulsion toward the fulfillment as our service to the Creator, to the world, and to ourselves.
This poem by George Eliot masterfully exemplifies this reality.  – mjd


Your soul was lifted by the wings today
Hearing the master of the violin:
You praised him, praised the great Sabastian too
Who made that fine Chaconne; but did you think
Of old Antonio Stradivari? -him
Who a good century and a half ago
Put his true work in that brown instrument
And by the nice adjustment of its frame
Gave it responsive life, continuous
With the master’s finger-tips and perfected
Like them by delicate rectitude of use.
That plain white-aproned man, who stood at work
Patient and accurate full fourscore years,
Cherished his sight and touch by temperance,
And since keen sense is love of perfectness
Made perfect violins, the needed paths
For inspiration and high mastery. No simpler man than he; he never cried,
“why was I born to this monotonous task
Of making violins?” or flung them down
To suit with hurling act well-hurled curse
At labor on such perishable stuff.
Hence neighbors in Cremona held him dull,
Called him a slave, a mill-horse, a machine.Naldo, a painter of eclectic school,
Knowing all tricks of style at thirty-one,
And weary of them, while Antonio
At sixty-nine wrought placidly his best,
Making the violin you heard today –
Naldo would tease him oft to tell his aims.
“Perhaps thou hast some pleasant vice to feed –
the love of louis d’ors in heaps of four,
Each violin a heap – I’ve naught to blame;
My vices waste such heaps. But then, why work
With painful nicety?”

Antonio then:
“I like the gold – well, yes – but not for meals.
And as my stomach, so my eye and hand,
And inward sense that works along with both,
Have hunger that can never feed on coin.
Who draws a line and satisfies his soul,
Making it crooked where it should be straight?
Antonio Stradivari has an eye
That winces at false work and loves the true.”
Then Naldo: “‘Tis a petty kind of fame
At best, that comes of making violins;
And saves no masses, either. Thou wilt go
To purgatory none the less.”

But he:
“‘Twere purgatory here to make them ill;
And for my fame – when any master holds
‘Twixt chin and hand a violin of mine,
He will be glad that Stradivari lived,
Made violins, and made them of the best.
The masters only know whose work is good:
They will choose mine, and while God gives them skill
I give them instruments to play upon,
God choosing me to help him.

“What! Were God
at fault for violins, thou absent?”

He were at fault for Stradivari’s work.”

“Why, many hold Giuseppe’s violins
As good as thine.”

“May be: they are different.
His quality declines: he spoils his hand
With over-drinking. But were his the best,
He could not work for two. My work is mine,
And, heresy or not, if my hand slacked
I should rob God – since his is fullest good –
Leaving a blank instead of violins.
I say, not God himself can make man’s best
Without best men to help him.

‘Tis God gives skill,
But not without men’s hands: he could not make
Antonio Stradivari’s violins
Without Antonio. Get thee to thy easel.”


Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4


Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning.

James 1:17

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Practice trusting God, practice trusting His presence in you, practice trusting God’s presence in others. Practice and continue practicing. Repeat the words: I trust the Spirit within, then let go. Discipline yourself to affirm this at the very moment you become upset or disturbed about something. Use the wonderful tools of your mind and heart positively and constructively and stay with the affirmative attitude of trusting the Spirit within until you begin to feel an inner response. It will come.

No matter how deep your difficulty appears to you, trust the Spirit within to guide you to victory. It will. If at first you find it a struggle to trust, trust anyway. If you feel that it is impossible for you to trust, trust anyway. If you think you cannot make the grade, trust the more. If you doubt your own ability, potential, or capacity of faith, just be the firmer and more insistent that you can trust the Spirit within. Trust again and again and again. Trust by the moment. Trust in the morning, trust every hour on the hour, trust at work and at rest. Trust yourself, trust others, trust life, trust the Spirit in everyone and in everything. The reality of the Spirit of God lies within all…

You, dear friend, stand upon the brink of your good at this moment. It is there, right where you are now. Begin to accept and receive it, first mentally and within your heart by fully trusting the Spirit within. …You will be launching into the deep with greater awareness of the good that lies ready and waiting for your acceptance in faith.

– excerpts, Mary L. Kupferle, “Trust the Spirit Within,” God Will See You Through, copyright 1983.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.

Matthew 6:33a

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Religion is too rich and complex to be reduced to any one act or attitude or aspect of life. …But there is one act of life which does bring us in a special and peculiar way into the holy of holies of religion… This central act is worship. By worship I mean the act of rising to a personal, experimental consciousness of the real presence of God which floods the soul with joy and bathes the whole inward spirit with refreshing streams of life. Never to have felt that, never to have opened the life to these incoming divine tides, never to have experienced the joy of personal fellowship with God, is surely to have missed the richest privilege and the highest beatitude of religion. … Hush, waiting, meditation, concentration of spirit, are just the reverse of our busy, driving, modern temper.

The apt and lovely words about religion have place and meaning only if they create in us the passion and the positive intention to go ourselves on the spiritual pilgrimage, the goal of which is this holy of holies, where words about God fall away, since we have entered into the joy of his real presence.

Religion is primarily, and at heart, the personal meeting of the soul with God. … There can be living religion only so long as the soul of man is capable of experiencing the fresh bubbling of the living water within and can know for himself that a heart of eternal love beats in the central deeps of the universe within his reach.

The act of worship calls for intense devotion, for unusual concentration, for long-continued spiritual preparation. If it is, as I believe, the very goal and pinnacle of religion–the flowering of the tree of life–then we must not expect that it will cost nothing or that it will be reached along lines of least resistance. … but what we cannot get for dollars, however high we heap them, is this experience which is the heart of religion, this experience of God, this practice of the divine presence, this joy of being ourselves in the holy of holies.

 – excerpts from Rufus Jones, “The Central Act of Religion,”
The World Within, 1918.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
who, on finding one pearl of great value,
went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Matthew 13:45-46
The Bible, Revised Standard Version


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When we “return home,” as the mystics say, to our deeper self and enter into our inner sanctuary we are borne along and unified by one great ground-swell longing for the life that is Life. … In these truest moments of prayer a man comes upon that rock-bottom experience which a great ancient soul had met when he said: “Underneath are the everlasting arms.”

The unification of the usually scattered forces of our inner self, the concentration of all our powers toward one perfect end, the focusing of the soul’s aspiration and loyalty upon one central reality that is adequate for us, the surrender of our own will to a holier and mightier will, produce just the inner conditions that are essential for the flooding in of spiritual energy, and for the release of it for others who are in need of it.

When I speak of “unification” and “concentration” I do not mean that they are the result of conscious effort. Quite the opposite is generally the case. There is no thought of what is happening to one’s self in genuine prayer. The worshiper is utterly absorbed with God and with the joy and wonder of his Presence, and thus the usual strain and tension of thought fall away as they do also in the presence of an object of perfect beauty or when one is listening to great music. Just that cessation of conscious direction, that absence of conscious effort is probably the best way to secure the release of hidden energies within the subconscious life.

Prayer, real prayer, does “make a difference.” Power to live by comes through this immemorial act of the soul. The discovery that we are in a world of law does not alter the fact. The irresistible evidence that the realm of nature is a realm where causation holds sway need not disturb us. Law and causation no more interfere with prayer than they do with love or beauty.

Quoted from James Martineau- “(God) has made no rule but the everlasting rule of holiness, and written no pledge but the pledge of inextinguishable love; hence, without violated rule, he can individualize his regards; enter with gentle help; and while keeping faith with the universe, knock at the gate of every lonely heart.”

  – Rufus Jones, “Prayer as an Energy of Life,” The World Within, 1918

I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees You.

Job 42:5
The Bible: New King James Version

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“At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War (World War I) ends. At 5 a.m. that morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France. The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives. In addition, at least five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.”

 – quoted from

This is the background for The World Within, 1918, an early book by the prolific and respected Quaker author, academic, and social activist Rufus Jones. These quotes from the “Introduction” speak not only to history, but to the rebuilding to come after the Covid-19 pandemic. mjd

We must restore trust and confidence in a living God who is not off beyond and above the storm and stress of life, but in the very pulse and flow of it all, and whose will for a good world is the deepest reality of our universe. … we shall, if we are wise, care more than ever for the central realities by which men live. St. Augustine was right when he said: “My life shall now be a real life, being wholly full of Thee.”

I have always believed and maintained that the apparent lack of popular interest in (religion) is largely due to the awkward and blundering way in which it has been presented to the mind and heart of those who all the time carry deep within themselves inner hungers and thirsts which nothing but God can satisfy.

The easy, inherited, second-hand faith will not do for any of us now. … We demand something real enough and deep enough to answer the human cry of our soul to-day. We need to be assured that we do not in the last resort fall back on the play of molecules but that underneath us are everlasting Arms. We want to know not only that there is law and order but that a genuine Heart of Love touches our heart and brings us calm and confidence.

Mountain peaks and stars can not embody love and sympathy–they can embody only energy. Love and sympathy, tenderness and patience, forgiveness and grace are traits of character, attitudes of a personal spirit. If they are ever to be revealed, they must be revealed in the life of a person.

Now once there was a Person who felt that his life was a genuine exhibition of the divine in the human, the eternal in the midst of time. He lived and died in the consciousness that through his life he was showing God to men; that his love was a revelation of the real nature and character of God; that his sympathy for the weary, heavy-laden, sin-distressed, heart-hungry people of the earth was a true unveiling of the heart of the universe.… He felt this, and consecrated his life to this deeper revelation of God. Some have doubted and some have been perplexed, but there have always been some…who profoundly believe that here in him is the personal character of God revealed to us. However leaden and pitiless the march of the universe may be at other points, at this one point, at least, love and tenderness break through and enwrap us. This God who is unveiled in Christ is the God our world needs to-day.

…through him can come afresh to us the God whom our chemistry and astronomy were too limited to reveal–we can see him in the face of Jesus Christ.

– Rufus M. Jones, excerpts, Introduction of The World Within, 1918.

That which was from the beginning,
which we have heard,
which we have seen with our eyes,
which we have looked at
and our hands have touched—
this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
The life appeared;
we have seen it and testify to it,
and we proclaim to you the eternal life,
which was with the Father and has appeared to us.
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard,
so that you also may have fellowship with us.
And our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son,
Jesus Christ.
We write this to make our joy complete.
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you:
God is light;
in him there is no darkness at all.

I John 1:1-5

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The wise men of the ages are in impressive agreement on this point. God in His transcendency is the immutable ground of all life, power, intelligence; He is one in type, character, will, purpose; constant in all creative attributes, the master of eternity, not the product of time; and the divine energies are not exhausted, nor are they increased by creation. God in action as Spirit, immanent, all-imbuing, is the same immutable Being yesterday, to-day, and for ever. … The eternal truths of the ages need no further proof. Love will always be the greatest gift. Out of God’s permanency all life perennially comes, it is the divine “over-element” which beautifies all things in this world of time and gives them their value.

We need both the new, fresh revelation of the eternal values, and the confirmations gathered by a study of the ages. We need both the precise, scientific conceptions which ever more persistently seek to co-ordinate all the facts and laws of the great cosmos, and the poetic values which supplement these by yielding visions of the surpassing whole.
The Spirit from above individuates, quickens, guides; man from within receives love and wisdom as if the life were his own, and proceeds to do his work. In this union God and man are made complete, as if each existed alone; since nothing interferes with the divine purposes, and yet man is free both to produce or to wander into the by-paths of experience.

The conclusion naturally is, Let each who is gifted ascend the mount of the Spirit, adoring in reverence and receptivity, seeking the universal Essence which men express in various ways; let each revere his gift, making himself proficient that he may portray or symbolise the Spirit as befits his vision; let all produce who can, realising that expression or service in all its forms will be furthered by the productions of those who are creative; let those who interpret do it reverently, … let all others follow according to their light. … Then no one need ask what the Spirit is apart from its manifestations, for it will be seen that the Spirit is in truth what all these gifted ones reveal.

– excerpts, Horatio W. Dresser, “The Indwelling Spirit,”
The Religion of the Spirit in Modern Life, 1914

thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world,
even from everlasting to everlasting,
thou art God.

Psalm 90: 1-2

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…religion springs from within.

The inner apprehension is the reality; the forms of service and thought in which the experience is expressed are the evidences that the reality has indeed been found. There is an inmost centre where dwells this reality, a well of water springing up into everlasting life. This is the true source of wisdom, love, and power. He whom the Father has touched finds himself in that centre, and knows by the fruits of life that it is the real heart.

To live from the centre consistently, hence to be religious through and through, is to be aware of a guidance emerging from the sacred recesses and reaching into the whole of life.

Thus to emphasise the inward light is not to minimise the special times and seasons which men have set apart for prayer, responsive service, and objective worship; or to ignore the creeds and institutions in which the religious life has been expressed. All these have their place. Yet there comes a time when the prayer that never ceases takes the place of occasional efforts, the silent prayer being expressive of the soul’s attitude in acknowledgment of the divine presence. There comes a time when work and worship are identical and constant. That is to say, life becomes centred once for all in the sources of all wisdom and power, no longer fluctuates between inner and outer. There may still be reasons for withdrawing from the multitude, not because the soul has lost hold of the sources, but that one may be newly strengthened to meet a severer test of faith. Thus to know, to live from and return to the centre is to have religion in the profoundest sense.

To realise the presence of God in the modern sense is to start with God as the centre, reality, life; and to find oneself all anew as grounded in His being, thinking only because of Him, living only through His life, loving because He loves.

We have a work to do in the world. Hence we need a method of development. Thus our definition of religion implies various interpretations of the divine nature, the human self, regeneration, meditation, service, and other aspects of the spiritual life.

What we become aware of is the life we are prompted to follow as our own…

 – excerpts, Horatio W. Dresser,“The Nature of Religion,”
The Religion of the Spirit in Modern Life, 1914.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her,
“Will you give me a drink?”
Jesus answered,
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.
Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water
welling up to eternal life.”

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

John, chapter 4,
verses 7, 13-14, 23-24

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