1 – Day 38
“We have not spoken much recently of love, but now it is time to return to love. Do you know, can you feel as yet, how much I love you? How full of love I am for you? (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Day 38)”
2 – Poignant
Day 38 is extremely poignant, expressing from Jesus his manifest love for all of us. He can feel more love than we can, and so we honestly do not return in equal amount to him. We can’t. We are limited finite beings, and he is speaking to us from the Other Side.
3 – A Generous Expression
But we can be grateful for this generous expression on his part. And we can make small inroads in our reluctance to love fully, to love “full out.” We can make progress in having loving hearts. All it takes is a little gratitude for the life that we have been given, the expressions of love that we have received, and our own attempts to give up judgment, give up attack, give up fear—and walk into the sunlight with Jesus holding our hand.
4 – Extension
“Being full of love for one another is the beginning of extension, the end of withdrawal. It is the mutuality of our love that causes this fullness. Remember briefly here the feelings of withdrawal you have experienced when you believed you loved more or that you were loved less by a friend or lover. Remember briefly here the feelings of withdrawal you experienced when you felt loved for being something other than that which you are. Know, through your brief contemplation of these feelings that this is behind us now. Know that we can be known and loved equally for who we are. (A Course of Love: Dialogues, p. 234)”
5 – Reassurance
In Day Thirty Eight, Jesus returns to a reassurance of his love for us. He expresses his union with us, and he notes that we are in relationship to each other in that union. He welcomes us again into his embrace, harkening back to a beautiful passage in the first volume of the series of A Course of Love.
6 – “I Am”
In a somewhat confusing statement, he tries to explain to us, simply, that “I Am,” and “Who I Am,” are different, but that in “Who I Am,” we come to know him in unity and relationship. “Who” is an acknowledgment that we are differentiated beings, but beings who are joined in unity because they choose to be so.
7 – Powerful Expression
Day Thirty Eight is a powerful statement of Jesus’s love for us. In the fullness of his love, we will come to possess our souls.
8 – Call Me Yours
“Call me God the Father, call me God the Mother, call me Creator, or Great Spirit, Yahweh or Allah, but call me yours. For this is who I am. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Day 38)”
9 – All / One
This statement assures us that Jesus is part of the All, the One. He is identifying with God the Father in a way that he never has before. And we may be puzzled by his statement.
10 – Projection Makes Perception
Yet we have realized in A Course in Miracles that we projected our illusion, that projection makes perception of a world of dreams. Jesus was a part of that world also. He also projected a dream, though this is an interpretation and not something that he has shared with us. We almost have to conclude this, though, if we are to understand his affiliation with the Creator, inviting us to call him by the name of Creator.
11 – Something More?
Is there something deeper in mind here? I wonder. Did Jesus do something more, as our leader in creating the world and all that we see in it? And in creating the universe and all we see in it?
12 – Wondering
This statement is beyond what A Course of Love tells us. It is just something to keep in mind, wondering.
13 – Call Yourself Mine
“Call yourself daughter or son, sister or brother, co-creator or friend. But call yourself mine. For we belong to one another. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Day 38)”
14 – Co-Creators
This tells us what we are to Jesus, and one of those designation is “co-creator.” So, we too had our part in creating the illusion in which we find ourselves.
15 – Traditional Christianity
We belong to Jesus in a way that traditional Christians have often stated. While those individuals would not agree with all of the theology of A Course of Love, certainly the love, the palpable love, from Jesus to us would sound familiar.
16 – The Embrace
“This is the meaning of the embrace—the possession, the ownership of belonging—of carrying, or holding relationship and union within one’s own Self. This has been called the tension of opposites, of being one’s own Self and being one in union and relationship. These opposites, like all others, are held within the embrace of love and belonging. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Day 38)”
17 – A Return
In the original volume of A Course of Love, Jesus holds us in an embrace in which we are bidden to relax and be soothed. This section is one of the most beautiful of all A Course of Love. And here Jesus refers us back to its beauty.
18 – Love More Fully
We belong to each other, though in our conflicted world we don’t often recognize this. When we love more fully, we will so recognize.
19 – Better
And we will be the better for it.
20 – Being
“We are not two beings who are separate but relating in union. We are each other’s own being. We are one and we are many. We are the same and we are different. In ‘own’-ership we are full of one another’s own being. We are each other’s own. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Day 37)”
21 – Reassurance
These are more reassuring words in this, one of the final days on the mountain top. It is an elucidation of the theme of unity and relationship to which we return time and again.
22 – A Good Day
And, with that, we are left to end Day 37. It has indeed been a good day. Jesus has expressed his love for us in ways that will warm our hearts. And we know that he has placed a call upon us to return that love to him as fully as we possibly can.
23 – Holding Hands
We will feel led to do so, holding Jesus’s hand as we walk along. What greater help could we petition to have?
I have not always been aware of the depth of love that Jesus feels for all people, and also for me. Previously I have sometimes seen Jesus as a judge. Help me to accept the veracity of his love for all of us today. Help me to return that love.
Thank You for Jesus’s messages to us. His messages are a great comfort. May I rest at ease in his reassurances today.