ACIM Workbook Lesson 205 – for Sunday, July 24, 2011
Affirmation: “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
“I want the peace of God. (WB390)”
ACIM says that to say these words can be meaningless, but to mean these words, “I want the peace of God,” is everything. If we truly want the peace of God, we need to meet the conditions, which is a true, lasting commitment to seek and therefore to find. Neale Donald Walsch, in his Conversations with God series, cautions us against using the word “want,” because the very use of this word will make the “wanting” all that we get. ACIM does not seem to take this caution to heart. God knows what we mean by “want,” although other writers also, especially Shakti Gawain, have encouraged us to state affirmations in the here and now–as though we already had that for which we are asking.
Perhaps we do not have to see inconsistency in these two positions. We can move from “want” to “be” to “have” (similar to Shakti’s writing) in one easy stroke. God will move mountains to help us, once we are expressing the desire that He move into a central place in our lives. Indeed, He is here even when we have not asked for His presence. God does not leave His children. We need, though, to open to Him in order to be aware of His presence.
The peace of God will give us everything that is for our highest good. It does not dwell on material things, for these are illusion. But if we have peace, we can live calmly, regardless of what life may deal us. We will be at home in God, and nobody is ever homeless with such a Haven.
Be with me today as I seek to follow Your way ever more closely. I would be happy in this world, and to do that I must overlook the attack that another may make upon me. I need to forgive. Then I will know the peace that only You can give. And I will heal my brother or sister who attacked me. They do know forgiveness when it is offered, even when nothing is said.
Be with me today. It is all that I ask.