ACIM Workbook Lesson 238 – for Friday, August 26, 2011
Affirmation: “On my decision all salvation rests.”
“Father, Your trust in me has been so great, I must be worthy. You created me, and know me as I am. And yet You placed Your Son’s salvation in my hands, and let it rest on my decision. I must be beloved of You indeed. And I must be steadfast in holiness as well, that You would give Your Son to me in certainty that he is safe Who still is part of You, and yet is mine, because He is my Self. (WB411)”
We are One. Our brothers and sisters are our Self. This is an idea that Conversations with God, by Neale Donald Walsch, also develops. There is no place that we leave off and our brothers and sisters begin. Yes, we are all One.
We do not have to understand this concept fully to accept and to live it. This concept gives the best assurance that we will be there for others when they need us, because we will understand, on a practical level, that we are showing up for ourselves as well. Likewise, they will be there for us, once they too realize that we are One. What a glorious way this is to run a universe!
We are needed by God to bring others to Him. This has long been a tenet of religions worldwide. Certainly the Bible makes this clear as well, especially the New Testament. In many ways we can see that ACIM is the next step for Jesus beyond the instructions he gave while he walked this earth. His disciples were bade to take his message into all the world. And churches have been doing this in all the years since.
It is extremely comforting to know that we are beloved of God. Often we forget this, because we tend to see God in our own image, and we often do not love ourselves. But we must realize that we can love others only to the extent that we, non-egotistically, love ourselves. The love that we feel for others first originates in our own hearts, and if it is not there in our hearts, it will not be there for others. (These last few sentences are not ACIM interpretations, but are my own thoughts.)
Help me to fully comprehend and live the truth that my brothers and sisters are one with me. May I be there for them, and I ask today that they be there for me. We need each other in this very troubled world.
Help us to be doers of salvation. For this, for us, we need to read A Course in Miracles with real attention. Help me to give my full attention today to my meditations and prayers surrounding my devotional time with ACIM.