“You realize not that if you were to stop and take your brother’s hand, the race course would become a valley full of lilies, and you would find yourself on the other side of the finish line, able at last to rest. (A Course of Love, 9.40)”
Affirmation: “holy relationships”
1 – Holy Relationships
This passage from ACOL is another phrasing of a pivotal assertion of A Course in Miracles. The passage is especially beautiful in wording. The central point is that we need to have holy relationships with our brothers and sisters, and that when we reach out to touch them, we are finding our way to heaven. Heaven is not a place or a condition, but Oneness (an ACIM tenet). When we hold our brother or sister’s hand, we are aiming for oneness with him or her.
2 – Lilies
The “race course would become a valley full of lilies,” which is a lovely reminder of the lilies mentioned in the Bible as well as A Course in Miracles. Surely lilies must be one of Jesus’s favorite flowers.
3 – We Want to Rest
We would not have to race about to achieve. Our achievement is found in the closeness with which we hold our brother and sister’s hand. We want to rest, for we are very weary. This world is a place of weariness, and we would not want that if we could change it.
4 – A Blessing
To be on the “other side of the finish line” is a blessing indeed! May we, in sweetness and light, join our brothers and sisters today in holy relationship. We do not ask for special relationships, unless we see the means to transform those special relationships into holy. When we do that, all is well.
5 – Transforming Special to Holy
Our special relationships will not be snatched from us (an ACIM tenet), but transformed into holy ones. The transformation may be a bit difficult, even very difficult, but the change in goals for the relationship makes the period of transition hard. We have transformed a relationship entered into for unholy reasons (e.g., attractiveness, ambition for success, ambition for worldly glory) has been transformed into a relationship that will take us home to heaven. How could we ask for more?
I would know that there is no need to rush about and hurry so. I am holding my brother’s hand, and that is sufficient. I ask that all of my holy relationships remain holy, that no attack nor anger mar their beauty.
Help us to find the will to rest. Often we push ahead when we would be better off to wait, to rest in serenity that You offer to us.
Be with me today. Help me to know that You are always present with the solution of every problem that presents itself, at the time that the problem presents itself.