“While I [Jesus] succeeded in revealing a God of love, this revelation has not been reconciled with your experience here. This is what we will seek to do by putting an end to fear and ushering in, with this ending, the beginning of a time of miracles. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the Art of Thought, 4.27)”
Affirmation: “I will consider anew today that God is a God of love.”
1 – God of Love
There is a great promise in this passage for today. Jesus refers back to his time on earth and notes that he did succeed in revealing God as a God of love. But humankind, from our limited perspective, did not take the lesson unto themselves. We continued to fear God, and by that I do not mean a respect that is healthy and good. We feared God in that we were afraid of His wrath, afraid that we would be punished for our wrongdoing. Of course, with cause and effect a law of the universe, sometimes what we do brings dire consequences. But God is not doing this unto us. We are doing this unto ourselves. And there are tangible ways that we can bring good things to ourselves, and certainly there is no reason–ever–to blame God for our misfortunes.
2 – Attract the Good
These tangible ways of bringing good to ourselves include positive outlooks. We are never guaranteed to be forever without pain, but our own attitudes can do much to attract the good to ourselves. Our experiences in this world can and will improve when we get our minds, hearts, and spirits right. We will know the good again when we attract the good.
3 – Glorious Promise
The promise that is so pronounced in this passage occurs at the end, when Jesus promises that when we succeed in seeing God as a God of love and not of fear, we will receive miracles, “ushering in. . .the beginning of the time of miracles.” What a glorious promise indeed this is!
4 – Attitude toward God
This passage indicates that only one change is needed, a change in our attitude toward God: the acceptance of Him as a God of love. And then with the ending of fear we are led into a much better world of miracles. And miracles are always good. We will see miracles, I think, where we have not recognized them previously. And there is an indication that the number and magnitude of miracles will increase.
5 – Don’t Blame God
Can we see God as a God solely of love? Can we sincerely stop blaming God, sincerely and intellectually knowing that He is not the cause of anything going wrong in our world? We do not need to accept such a view of God on blind faith. There is much in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love that explains this view of how to see God as loving. And what a glorious promise we receive–that we are ready for miracles when we can see God as loving. Can we make this transformation in our thinking now?
I thank You for this promise of a time of miracles. We all need this so much, we in our little self-centered worlds, still often encased in our ego.
May we cease all this nonsense forthwith. I pray to do my part rightly to ease the coming of better times. May we know that we can attract a better world when our attitudes are right. And our attitudes need to be attune with Yours in order to ask rightly for what we need and what we want. I do not ask material goods, though You know that I have these needs also. I ask more for the love, joy, peace, harmony that You will gladly bestow to all of Your children, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Be me with today. I thank You for the gentleness of Your presence, the peace of Your Being. May today end on a positive note, clearing the way for another positive day tomorrow.