Mr Padgett’s early Life.
November 11, 2006
Santa Cruz, California
Received by FAB.
I am here, James Padgett.
Oh, it is such a joy for me to be on the other end of mediumship with you! We all exult at this God-given opportunity to continue sending messages to Earth. And there are so many that we want to send, all confirming and supplementing my own work, which is now permanently founded on Earth, praise the Lord!
I want to talk tonight about my early life. As a boy, I was aware of the storm brewing in my country that became the Civil War. I retained into late adulthood many memories of the signs of the growing conflict, for my parents would often discuss these things with a great deal of concern.
They were not prejudiced at all against black people, and when I was receiving the messages, I considered this lack of prejudice to have been a Divine gift, for it predisposed my soul to feel the same, and thus did not allow this darkness to enter my soul.
I was an eight-year-old boy when the conflict erupted. I knew how awful the whole thing was, for I lived in the capital. Though I had never seen President Lincoln, I heard a lot about him. After he died, I, as well as the rest of the country, began to realize his true greatness.
As I grew to manhood, I carried with me these early experiences, and this predisposed me to study law. I saw it not only as a way to earn a good living, but also as a way of doing good, for, though I was not ever a saint, still, I was a good person with a great desire to help my fellowman. The type of law I practiced did occasionally enable me to do this good, and I found this very gratifying.
I was raised in the Methodist faith. As I look back on it, there were certain times, when I was in church with my parents, that I could feel something tugging at my heart. I now know it was Jesus, who was beginning to form a rapport with me.
Of course, as I later channeled, I was not exceptional in the area of goodness. And yet I was in fact a good person, and sincerely wanted, as I have said, to do good. These early experiences in church led me later in life to teach Sunday school in the church.
You are wondering how I came to believe in my channelings, when I was a devout Methodist. Well, you also have to consider that I was a lawyer, and a very good one at that. A good lawyer marshals logic and facts, and if they can be shown to be on the side of Truth, why, they must be accepted as fact. This is, of course, a form of the scientific method, which conforms to the way of thinking of a trained lawyer.
And thus it was that my messages reflect this careful logic, whereby each thought proceeds logically from the previous thought, and builds the case, just as a lawyer builds a case for a client.
You are a bit confused by the paragraph which seems to be a contradiction regarding my goodness. Well, at the same time that I was not prejudiced against African Americans, and did sincerely want to do good, I did not possess the Divine Love until I learned about it later in life when I became a medium. No, God’s grace was not mine until that time. So my soul, though not lost in sin, nevertheless retained certain inharmonies that are normal for mortals.
On the one hand, I could not have been successful with the messages had I been lost in sin, but on the other hand, as I channeled, it was not my soul’s goodness that qualified me, but rather, my God-given mediumship gift, which I was born with.
I will close for now. In future messages, I will elaborate on other aspects of my life.
Let me also say that obviously, it was not necessary that I play a significant role of fame and exposure to the world. I died, as you say, in obscurity. But the most important thing to keep in mind is that what I channeled belongs exclusively to the Celestial Kingdom. I was merely a mouthpiece. Thus, it was not really a “Padgett” experience at all.