“You are the prodigal sons and daughters welcomed constantly to return home to your Father’s safe embrace. (A Course of Love, 9.29)”
Affirmation: “I am in my Father’s safe embrace.”
1 – In Trouble
The prodigal son or daughter is an image of an individual in trouble, an image with which we can all identify at one time or another. We may not know “trouble” that is like that of our brother or sister, but we all know difficulties of one type or another. And we need the prayers of ourselves and others to help us out of the mire.
2 – We Are Safe
We are told in today’s passage that God Himself offers a safe embrace to us, an embrace that, because it is “safe,” is also comforting and protective. May we reach inward today for that embrace. May we know that God, the Divine within, wishes us well. We only need to turn inward to know that we are safe, that we do not have to fear anything that this world can do to us. Regardless, there will be a happy ending–if not in this world, then in the next. Normally, though, there is no need to spend our days on earth longing for the better world that is beyond this one. That is a very demoralizing stance to take. God wishes us well here, and He is always here to help. May we take Him at his word and enjoy the safe embrace that awaits us when we stop trying to do it all alone.
3 – We Are Not Alone
We are not alone. A nightmare in sleep is inconsequential, and we have nightmares in the sleep that we have for eight hours at night, and in the illusions that we have during the day. When we awake in the morning, we simply go from one form of sleep to another (an ACIM tenet). Knowing this, cannot we feel some comfort? Our nightmares are not real, whether they come in the night or the day.
4 – The Promise
We long for God’s safe embrace today, and we can have it–even today. That is the overwhelming promise of the passage for today.
I would accept Your safe embrace today, ever mindful that when I turn to You, You are always there for me. And You are there for me even when I am too upset and distracted to feel anything at all. Your felt presence is a blessing that takes us out of our despair and gives a helping hand to the affairs of the day. I would thank You for the felt presence, when it comes. It is indeed blessed.
Be with me again today. So often I ask for that. And You always respond. Thank You for the answers to recent prayers. I see Your answers working out in my life. And I pray that You will walk with me until the culmination of my prayers happen. Be with me in the day and in the night, especially if the night does not bring sleep. You are always awake, and I can use time awake to commune with You. Help me to remember that just maybe You want some time with me that I don’t allow You during the day.
Be with me. Help me. Thank You for the many blessings that I have known throughout my life. And thank You for learning at a young age that prayer is the secret to a good life.