“All your worry over the future and the past is but a worry about the return of gifts given. What gift of opportunity did you not accept in the past, might you not recognize in the future?. . . .What peace might you know if you realized, truly realized, that all gifts come but once and are forever? The past nor the future matter not. All is available in the here and now where giving and receiving occur. (A Course of Love, 29.25)”
Affirmation: “I would cease worry immediately, for gifts are given permanently.”
1 – Obscure Passage
The meaning of this passage is a bit obscure until we dissect the sentences.
2 – Past and Future
First, we are to cease worrying over past and future. We have been afraid that the peace that we know in the present is a brief peace that will disappear when circumstances.
3 – Giving and Receiving = One
This does not have to happen. Our faithfulness to the truths that Jesus gives us in A Course of Love, the giving and receiving as one, is all that is required.
4 – Accept God’s Plan
Second, we have the opportunity to accept the plan of God today. We do not have to let this opportunity slip by the wayside. And we must not. We need not fear that this opportunity will not be offered again (for it will), but why wait?
5 – Christ-Consciousness
Third, the peace that we feel can and will be permanent when Christ-consciousness is sustained. This may be a long time off, but in the meantime, many of us will be given glimpses of the revelation that all is well. We will know Christ-consciousness in ever-greater intervals of time. And that is the great promise.
6 – Giving and Receiving
Giving and receiving are one. How often and how long have we known this? But perhaps these words are simply words to us. To give is to invite the receipt of the gift given. We find that like attracts like, and this is the law of attraction, about which so much has been written recently. Many have found the truth in this law, but we would find amiss if we stop with just the material benefits. The material benefits will not long satisfy. It is the intangibles of God that count for the most–the joy, the harmony, the peace, the tranquility. And in these intangibles do we learn the most about giving and receiving being of one.
I would cease worry, the worry that has dogged my steps for many years. All of this is such foolishness. Do I or do I not trust You? I know that if I follow Jesus, everything will be alright. And Jesus’s words in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love are manna unto my spirit. Thank You for his part in Your plan.
May I return also to the Bible in my contemplative moments. I see the Bible, especially the New Testament, ACIM, and ACOL as part of a continual tradition. Others may not agree, but I thank You that this interpretation gives me peace.
May all of us have a good day. May none of us turn pain into suffering. With You in our lives, welcomed in, then all indeed is well–regardless of outer circumstances. Thank You.