“This is a call to move now into my embrace and let yourself be comforted. Let the tears fall and the weight of your shoulders rest upon mine. Let me cradle your head against my breast as I stroke your hair and assure you that it will be all right. Realize that this is the whole world, the universe, the all of all in whose embrace you literally exist. Feel the gentleness and the love. Drink in the safety and the rest. Close your eyes and begin to see with an imagination that is beyond thought and words.” (ACOL, C:20.2)
This quotation is the most well-known and well-loved in all of A Course of Love. Jesus invites us to be comforted in his embrace, and later on he invites us to embrace him as well. We have walked a long and lonely path, and this walk is over. We are going to be reaching the culmination of our journey without distance when we have read through A Course of Love. The ending is as sweet as this harbinger indicates. We are loved, and we love, and Jesus is here for us.
Believing that Jesus walks this way with us requires believing that on the Other Side he can clone himself to be anywhere, anytime. This may seem to require faith, but Christian stories are replete with indications that the great healer has come and visited those in distress. And we are in distress, sometimes even without being aware of it. We need Jesus’s comfort as much as anybody, and here he indicates that we can receive that comfort. Just lean on him; he will not fail us.
Later on in A Course of Love Jesus resigns as our teacher, and indicates that he is our companion only, and, moreover, that we are not to view him as the man who lived and died 2,000 years ago. He says that he is Christ-consciousness, and that we are One, one Self, and he invites us to realize that this wholeness is healing. This sharing of Self includes everyone, everywhere.
But we are getting ahead of ourselves. For now, in this first book of A Course of Love, Jesus is still our teacher. And he lets us know that however downtrodden that we feel, there is hope. This comforting hope comes when we show him the love that is deep within us. And we feel his love.
Let our imaginations wander. Imagination works wonders, sometimes, and that is what will happen as we are embraced by Jesus, and we return his embrace.
All of us need comforting, sometimes often. I feel this need today. Help me to take Jesus at his word, that he is here for me. And for everybody who calls on him. May this day blossom into a lovely day, for pearls of days string along an imaginary rope, and we are healed. May this day become an imaginary pearl.
Be with us as we seek to walk a sometimes harrowing path in this world. We can’t be perfect, and Jesus doesn’t ask this of us. But he does ask that we walk a while with him, a way that returns us to union with God and all that lives.
May this pathway be clear ahead. May my next step be in line with Your will.