Limitations

“Do not despair, then, because of limitations.  It is your function to escape from them, but not to be without them.  (M64)”

Affirmation:  “Help me to escape from my limitations, even though they recur.”

Reflections:

We often despair when we are in pain and suffering, but these too are a form of limitation, and Jesus here says that we will not be without limitations in this world.  We can get help to resolve the conditions that brought fear about, though, and it is this that we ought to pray for.  Elsewhere Jesus says that he cannot properly remove the fear for us, because it is our minds which have brought it about, and the alteration of cause-and-effect would not be a good thing for us.

So we are meant to escape from our limitations, as they arise.  We can learn how to do this, but it does take patience and willingness to follow guidance.  If a limitation is not removed after much prayer and trying different methods of cure, perhaps this is a “thorn in the side” that St. Paul speaks about in his letters in the New Testament.  He believed that this thorn was meant for his good.

So Jesus would not have us despair.  Help is always near, and we will receive healing, or we will receive the wherewithal to sustain our good will while caught by limitations.  Faith is not often stressed in the Course, but this is the attribute that will enable us to withstand limitations.  Know that Jesus and his Helpers are nearby, and be reassured.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I am very aware of my limitations today.  Help me not to be my own worst enemy.  Help me to reach out to You and Your helpers, and be absolved of the current limitation under which I find myself.

I know that You want only good for me.  Jesus says that we are meant to escape from our limitations, though we are not without them.  Help me to escape from my limitations today.

Amen.

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