ACIM Workbook Lesson 357 – for Friday, December 23, 2011
Affirmation: “Truth answers every call we make to God,
Responding first with miracles, and then
Returning unto us to be itself.”
“Your Voice instructs me patiently to hear Your Word, and give as I receive. And as I look upon Your Son today, I hear Your Voice instructing me to find the way to You, as You appointed that the way shall be:
“Behold his sinlessness, and be you healed. (WB483)”
1 – See Sinlessness / Be Healed
When we see sinlessness in our brothers and sisters, we are herein promised that we will be healed of our sickness and pain. This is a strong statement. Perhaps the physical element of sickness or pain may remain, but the shackles will be gone from our minds. And is that not healing?
2 – From the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible
So often we use sickness and pain as excuses not to do our best for God. The Old Testament is filled with examples of prophets who tried to resist the call because they did not think that they were the right person for the job. But God knew best, and when the call was answered, they too learned that He had been with them.
3 – Let Us Be All that God Would Have Us Be
The miracle can heal even physical and emotional sickness and pain. But the real blessing of healing is the freedom that it grants our minds. We are not longer limited by what we perceive to be boundaries that hemmed us in. We are freed to be creative in the fullest sense, the sense that God meant for us as his children, our Self/Christ. This miracles happens when we perceive others as sinless, sinless because we live in an illusion. May we recognize this truth, and soon overcome our reluctance to be all that God would have us be in this world.
I would allow miracles that You prompt to restore my sense of equilibrium today. May no pain or sickness intrude on the day that belongs, rightfully, to You. I would choose to see the good in my brothers and sisters, and I would ask Jesus what miracles he wants me to perform that will ease their lives. All of us have troubles from time to time, but we do not have to lie down and give up. Your way always gives a solution, because the solution is always with the problem. Help me to remember this when stress builds up.
If I sense that You are asking me to do something that I do not feel able or strong enough to do, help me to realize that most people have, at least those who follow a religious pathway, have found themselves in this predicament before. I would ask You to do the leading, to show me the way, and then I would give up all illusions that I could do anything that You ask without the constant guidance of Your Guide, the Holy Spirit.
May I be flexible today, to turn on a dime as I go about my day. This is not a straitjacket; you know what is best for me, and, if I listen, the Holy Spirit will point out the next step. And the one after that, and after that.