The Seasons of Life

“You do not realize that your nature, and the nature of your life, like that of all around you, is governed by seasons natural to the state of love, seasons of regeneration.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 4.2)”

Affirmation:  “May I be patient as the seasons of my life change.”

Reflections:

This passage suggests that there is springtime in our heart.  As the years go by, we experience ebbs and flows, but always we return to the flow, the regeneration.  When times are tough, we can look upward, figuratively, and realize that, as often said, “This, too, shall pass.”

The fact of love as the source of regeneration is important.  When we fail–when we attack, when we judge, or when we make plans against contingencies to come (ACIM concepts)–we fall away from the better understanding that we know in our hearts.  This “falling away” can last some time before we find our way back to the right pathway.  But this season is one of wintertime, and wintertime is followed by springtime, the regeneration.  When we, with help of God, find love for ourselves and our brothers and sisters, again, we are born afresh, we are back in regeneration.

When one is 21 and something bad happens, we do not realize that life is full of ebbs and flows.  When young and we are hurting, we do not have the life experience to know that things are going to get better.  So the suffering may be very intense.  Let us share with our brothers and sisters, and perhaps especially our younger brothers and sisters, this truth of the flow that will return.  Regeneration happens because God loves us.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I feel springtime in my heart, even though it is autumn.  May I know your love with such a great knowing that all is well with me.  May I be patient today if something goes awry.

Thank You for the ease with which I have lived most recently.  If regeneration is happening for me, then thank you for this word from Jesus that explains this happening.

Amen.

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