1 – Doubt
“Forget not once this journey is begun the end is certain. Doubt along the way will come and go and go to come again. Yet is the ending sure. No one can fail to do what God appointed him to do. When you forget, remember that you walk with Him and with His Word upon your heart. (M91)”
2 – Home
We are sure to get Home. Once the journey is begun, the ending is certain. And all of us have begun the journey, the “journey without distance” (quoted elsewhere in the Course).
3 – Oscillations
Getting Home is not a straight line. We will vary, and sometimes we will fall off the pathway. But if we give up attack, judgment, and planning against contingencies to come, we will find our way back onto the pathway. These three aspects of our experience–attack, judging, and planning–are all the means by which we fail (a Course concept). Let us give up such nonsense now.
4 – Jesus
We do walk with Jesus, as we walk with God and the Holy Spirit. Elsewhere Jesus invites us to imagine that we hold his hand as we walk along, and he assures us that this is no idle fantasy.
5 – Morning Star
“The morning star of this new day looks on a different world where God is welcomed and His Son with Him. We who complete Him offer thanks to Him, as He gives thanks to us. The Son is still, and in the quiet God has given him enters his home and is at peace at last. (M92)”
6 – Final Sentences
This is the final few sentences of the Manual. And it is a great comfort to read and to reread. The “morning star” is an allusion to Revelation in the New Testament.
7 – Home
May we reach this place of Home and be at peace sooner rather than later. May we study the Course diligently, so that this great blessing will be ours. May we love our brothers and sisters, forgiving them their mistakes. May we thank God for His great blessings to us.
8 – At Last
Jesus is with us all along the way. Remembering this will help us to remember our blessings, even as our path meanders toward Home.
I would like to imagine today that Jesus is walking along the way with me–through everything that I see and know today. Help me really to feel this. I know that this is a blessing that requires a leap of faith, but I am ready to take that leap.
Thank You for the comfort of the Course. Thank You for the reassurance that, once begun, the way Home is certain. I will find You again.