ACIM Workbook Lesson 184 – for Sunday, July 3, 2011
Affirmation: “The Name of God is my inheritance.”
“Father, our Name is Yours. In It we are united with all living things, and You Who are their one Creator. What we made and call by many different names is but a shadow we have tried to cast across Your Own Reality. And we are glad and thankful we were wrong. All our mistakes we give to You, that we may be absolved from all effects our errors seemed to have. And we accept the truth You give, in place of every one of them. Your Name is our salvation and escape from what we made. Your Name unites us in the oneness which is our inheritance and peace. Amen. (WB347)”
Some teachers of A Course in Miracles believe that this is ACIM‘s version of the Lord’s Prayer from the New Testament. Helen Schucman, the co-scribe, herself thought this. Certainly it is a prayer that has much in common with the Lord’s Prayer. God’s “Name” is seen as the unifying Force, keeping us all as One.
The Name of God has always been seen as a mystery. It earlier was not said, but merely alluded to. Yahweh was an early rendition, from the Old Testament (or Hebrew Bible). And this was a spelling that only rendered letters easier to pronounce.
This prayer lets us understand that all our mistakes can be made as nothing in God’s sight. We will be absolved of the effects that they have seemed to cause. (In actuality, because they have been illusions, there have been no effects at all.)
If we dwell on the mystery of God’s Name, we will come farther along the pathway to understanding this lesson. We will be at home when we have taken unto ourselves the Name of God, our inheritance.
I would like to understand more about what is meant by Your Name. I am humbled that I share that Name with You. Be with me today as I ponder these mysteries.
Thank You for giving me Your support through all the years of my life. Even when times seemed difficult, I know that You were in my mind, comforting me. I know that I was not always aware of that comfort, but I would be aware today. May I give You a good day.