ACIM Workbook Lesson 233 – for Sunday, August 21, 2011
Affirmation: “I give my life to God to guide today.”
“Father, I give You all my thoughts today. I would have none of mine. In place of them, give me Your Own. I give You all my acts as well, that I may do Your Will instead of seeking goals which cannot be obtained, and wasting time in vain imaginings. Today I come to You. I will step back and merely follow You. Be You the Guide, and I the follower who questions not the wisdom of the Infinite, nor Love whose tenderness I cannot comprehend, but which is yet Your perfect gift to me. (WB409)”
This is an invocation for guidance throughout all the big and little events of one’s day. It is the very best way to talk to God, to ask Him into our lives. Not that He has ever been absent, but when we initiate a conversation, He is right there for us. In the Text, Jesus says that God is lonely when the minds that He created do not communicate with Him. God notes that His children are asleep and need to be awakened.
This need for a comprehensive Awakening is the greatest need in our world. If the world were ready for such a rebirth, what a different world we would find our earth! Let us pray today that we might do our part to bring about such a rebirth. Of course, the impetus comes divinely, but we, it is said, are the hands and feet of the Divine. We take our marching orders from God (when we listen). Let us listen to God today.
God is our Guide, and this passage makes this clear. It does not show a contradiction with many other passages which discuss the role of the Holy Spirit. Without getting into theology, there is no contradiction. The Holy Spirit is the Communicator between God and ourselves. Having said that, let us be humble enough to admit that here are mysteries that are beyond our minds. They can only be understood from the heart, a point made clear in A Course in Love (perhaps a sequel to ACIM).
ACIM contains very beautiful language, and our meditation today shows us just how beautiful. It would be enough to contemplate the lovely prayer, quoted above, and then be silent. God will do the rest.
I am silent today before the prayer of A Course in Miracles for this day. Be with as I acknowledge You as my Guide.