I Love You, Father, and I Love Your Son

ACIM Workbook Lesson 298 – for Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Affirmation:  “I love You, Father, and I love Your Son.”

“Father, I come to You today, because I would not follow any way but Yours.  You are beside me.  Certain is Your way.  And I am grateful for Your holy gifts of certain sanctuary, and escape from everything that would obscure my love for God my Father and His holy Son.  (WB447)”

Reflections:

1 – God’s Sanctuary

We need God’s sanctuary.  Indeed, when times are tough (and they are tough for everyone at some point in life, and maybe at many points), we need God’s sanctuary more than ever.  We need this sanctuary more than anything else.  Why do we delay to find it?

2 – We Don’t Have to Depend on Ourselves Alone

We think that we are somehow failing if we don’t depend on ourselves, to gird ourselves to be strong.  But this is usually egoic strength, which is inherently weak, a two-edged sword (from the Text).  We need a defense that cannot be turned against us (a Text tenet), and this is the defense that God provides, though it is not called a “defense.”  It is called salvation.

3 – How to Healed so that We Love Ourselves Properly

Loving God and loving His Sons and Daughters go hand-in-hand.  We will also love more fully when we have a genuine and non-egoic love for ourselves.  If we do not feel a genuine, holy love for ourselves, we have damaged parts of our psyche that will hinder our finding God.  And if this is true for us, we need to pray, get counseling, read widely, study ACIM and A Course of Love, read inspirational books and pamplets, read the Bible.  There is almost no end to the manner in which we can be healed, but a simple turning to God is often all that is needed.  Do not leave God out of the equation, or we will simply search long and hard, finding nothing that is meat for our spirits.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would not turn to the ego for love of myself, but I would turn to You for love of both myself and my brothers and sisters.  May we turn to You, to depend on You.  This is not weakness, but the greatest strength.  I know that it is a fallacy to believe that it is weakness to believe in You and to depend on Your Grace.  Help me today to call upon You whenever I feel a need–and even when I am feeling confident.  You are always there for me, and You will allow me to step aside from the ego.

Be with me as I walk through this day.  I will never be healed until I learn how to love in the right way, and I ask for You to help me to understand this blessing of love today.

Thank You for holding me by the hand, and keeping fear far from my thoughts.

Amen.

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