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Dear Celina Maura Nantes and Rajan C Mathew,

 

Wishing you a very happy birthday on this day in celebration of the anniversary of your birth on Urantia! Here is a thought gem to ponder from the UB.

 

"Pray for tranquillity of spirit and cultivate patience."
P.2048 - §4

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Bill,

 

Happy Birthday! The thought gem selected for this day is:

 

"And the fruits of the divine spirit which are yielded in the lives of spirit-born and God-knowing mortals are: loving service, unselfish devotion, courageous loyalty, sincere fairness, enlightened honesty, undying hope, confiding trust, merciful ministry, unfailing goodness, forgiving tolerance, and enduring peace."
P.2054 - §3

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Susana Huttner Palaia,

 

Happy birthday to you! Here is a thought gem for you (and for all of us) to ponder on this day:

 

Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.
P.2090 - §4

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear humanBeing,

 

Happy birthday to you this day! As we approach the end of the year, so the thought gems calendar selections near the end of the Urantia Book. Heres' the one for today for our mutual edification.

 

You may
preach
a religion
about
Jesus, but, perforce, you must
live
the religion
of
Jesus.
P.2091 - §10

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Federico Folchi and Fede,

 

Happy, happy birthday to you today! Think of how much we are given - so many gifts of God - that everything material diminishes in value by contrast, doesn't it? Here's the thought gem for today:

 

Unless a divine lover lived in man, he could not unselfisly and spiritually love.
P. 2094:15

 

All the best,

Meredith

Edited by Meredith Van Woert

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Happy birthday to you Dafspar!

 

May the following thought gem be an inspiration to you this day in celebration of the anniversary of your birth on Urantia.

 

Love is the highest motivation which man may utilize in his universe ascent. But love, divested of truth, beauty, and goodness, is only a sentiment, a philosophic distortion, a psychic illusion, a spiritual deception.
P.2096 - §5

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Gary Powless,

 

Happy birthday! The whole world is celebrating your special day today, the first day of 2011! Here is a selection on the limitations of revelation for our mutual edification.

 

Mankind should understand that we who participate in the revelation of truth are very rigorously limited by the instructions of our superiors. We are not at liberty to anticipate the scientific discoveries of a thousand years. Revelators must act in accordance with the instructions which form a part of the revelation mandate. We see no way of overcoming this difficulty, either now or at any future time. We full well know that, while the historic facts and religious truths of this series of revelatory presentations will stand on the records of the ages to come, within a few short years many of our statements regarding the physical sciences will stand in need of revision in consequence of additional scientific developments and new discoveries. These new developments we even now foresee, but we are forbidden to include such humanly undiscovered facts in the revelatory records. Let it be made clear that revelations are not necessarily inspired. The cosmology of these revelations is
not inspired
. It is limited by our permission for the co-ordination and sorting of present-day knowledge. While divine or spiritual insight is a gift,
human wisdom must evolve
.
P.1109 - §3

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Paul Brown,

 

Happy birthday! Isn't it a great comfort for us to know that Jesus did in a spiritual sense live through the mortal life from the bottom to the top, from the beginning to the end?

 

The Son of Man experienced those wide ranges of human emotion which reach from superb joy to profound sorrow. He was a child of joy and a being of rare good humor; likewise was he a "man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." In a spiritual sense, he did live through the mortal life from the bottom to the top, from the beginning to the end. From a material point of view, he might appear to have escaped living through both social extremes of human existence, but intellectually he became wholly familiar with the entire and complete experience of humankind.
P.1425 - §3

 

 

All the very best,

Meredith

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Dear Will Sherwood and Dacia,

 

Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day.

 

The Father's love follows us now and throughout the endless circle of the eternal ages.
P. 40.01

 

What a gift!

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Broweman,

 

Wishing you a very happy birthday today, as you celebrate the anniversary of your first day on Urantia! Here is a lovely paragraph on the goodness of God for our mutual edification:

 

In the physical universe we may see the divine beauty, in the intellectual world we may discern eternal truth, but the goodness of God is found only in the spiritual world of personal religious experience. In its true essence, religion is a faith-trust in the goodness of God. God could be great and absolute, somehow even intelligent and personal, in philosophy, but in religion God must also be moral; he must be good. Man might fear a great God, but he trusts and loves only a good God. This goodness of God is a part of the personality of God, and its full revelation appears only in the personal religious experience of the believing sons of God.
P. 40.5; 2:6.1

 

Even though I've been reading the UB for many, many years, I am always uplifted to read such a gracious text.

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear avery27 and cavery29,

 

Happy birthday today! I hope your day is filled with all that is true, beautiful and good, and remember this:

 

Truth is coherent, beauty attractive, goodness stabilizing.
P. 43 - §5

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Jerry Gerber,

 

Happy birthday to you this day - in celebration of the anniversay of your first breath on Urantia! This is for you, and for our mutual edification.

 

Is
faith
--the supreme assertion of human thought--desirable? Then must the mind of man find itself in that troublesome predicament where it ever knows less than it can believe.
P.51 - §8

 

Have a joyful day!

 

Meredith

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Dear Augie Tischendorf Jr,

 

Wishing you a very happy birthday today!

 

Universe causes cannot be lower than universe effects. The source of the streams of universe life and of the cosmic mind must be above the levels of their manifestation.
P. 53 - §1

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear EllenRG,

 

Wishing you a very happy birthday today! I hope you have a beautiful day. Here is a thought-gem for our mutual edification.

 

Man's wisdom grows out of the trials and errors of human experience. . . .
P. 58 - §2

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear tiger,

 

Greetings on your birthday! I hope your day is filled with spiritual joy, knowing God is approachable - the Father is attainable, as we're informed in the narrative of the Universal Father given by a Divine Counselor of Uversa in Paper 5.

 

To each of you and to all of us, God is approachable, the Father is attainable, the way is open; the forces of divine love and the ways and means of divine administration are all interlocked in an effort to facilitate the advancement of every worthy intelligence of every universe to the Paradise presence of the Universal Father.
P. 63 - §6

 

The Father is not in spiritual hiding. . . .
P. 64 - §1

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear melanieAZ,

 

Wishing you a very happy birthday today, as you celebrate the anniversary of your first breath on Urantia!

 

The religions of revelation
allure
men to seek for a God of love because they crave to become like him.
P. 66 - §5

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Verner Verass,

 

Happy birthday to you! And for our mutual edification on this day I present this short and italicized line from Paper 48:

 

Humor is the divine antidote for exaltation of ego
.
P. 549

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Happy birthday Siegfried!

 

A few words from the book for our mutual edification on this day, as you celebrate the anniversary of your first breath.

 

You will learn that you increase your burdens and decrease the likelihood of success by taking yourself too seriously. Nothing can take precedence over the work of your status sphere--this world or the next. Very important is the work of preparation for the next higher sphere, but nothing equals the importance of the work of the world in which you are actually living.
P. 555 - §5

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear on 606,

 

Happy birthday to you! Here is a thought gem for our mutual enjoyment, as you celebrate the anniversary of the day of your first breath on Urantia.

 

Variety is restful; monotony is what wears and exhausts.
P. 555 - §5

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Kari Kuosmanen,

 

Happy birthday to you today! I hope you have a lovely day. Here is a quote about high civilizations, among other things, for our mutual stimulation.

 

High civilizations are born of the sagacious correlation of material wealth, intellectual greatness, moral worth, social cleverness, and cosmic insight.
P. 911 - §3

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Friend of Bill W.,

 

Happy birthday Friend! Many blessings to you today - a new day on earth, a new beginning. Here is the thought gem for today's date, March 16.

 

Difficulties may challenge mediocrity and defeat the fearful, but they only stimulate the true children of the Most Highs.
P. 556 - §7

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Cleyton,

 

Happy birthday to you today! Here's a quote from the UB for our mutual contemplation.

 

Blind and unforeseen accidents do not occur in the cosmos. Neither do the celestial beings assist the lower being who refuses to act upon his light of truth.
P. 556 - §9

 

I hope you have a wonderful day.

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Happy birthday janezanaddict!

 

May your life be filled to overflowing with the love of God this day and with the knowledge that all of us are a part of his enormous plan. The thought gem for today informs us we learn wisdom by experiencing tribulation.

 

The greatest affliction of the cosmos is never to have been afflicted. Mortals only learn wisdom by experiencing tribulation.
P. 556 - §14

 

"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." (Proverbs)

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Felipe,

 

Happy birthday! Today's thought gem is morontia mota # 14.

 

Whet the appetites of your associates for truth; give advice only when it is asked for.
P. 556 - §16

 

An introduction to morontia mota and morontia realms is found in PAPER 48. Of mota, illustrations of human philosophy, we read this:

 

The lower planes of morontia mota join directly with the higher levels of human philosophy. On the first mansion world it is the practice to teach the less advanced students by the parallel technique; that is, in one column are presented the more simple concepts of mota meanings, and in the opposite column citation is made of analogous statements of mortal philosophy.
P. 556 - §1

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Urantian Mortal,

 

Happy birthday! Perhaps you are a poet. The thought gem for today is for you. Hope your day is the best ever!

 

Only a poet can discern poetry in the commonplace prose of routine existence.
P. 557 - §6

 

All the best,

Meredith

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