“Into this battlefield you have bravely marched. The war rages by day and by night and you have grown weary. Your heart cries out for solace and does not go unheard. Help is here. (A Course of Love, 2.20)”
1 – “Help Is Here”
In this “help,” Jesus is referring to himself. In some senses, he is a much more present help in A Course of Love than we found in A Course in Miracles. In the latter, ACIM, he was appealing to our minds in an intellectual sense (especially in the Text and Manual, and less so in the Workbook). He was dislodging the ego, which is a concept of the mind. But here, in ACOL, Jesus is stressing the heart, a concept which we all can understand and which does need the empathy that Jesus offers to us. We need to know that we are supported when we delve into heart-related matters. And Jesus offers us that support.
2 – We Need Comfort
Our hearts want solace; we want to know that we are loved. And we are, far more than we can return the love. Our emotions are blunted from too many long years of pain and sometimes suffering. We need the comfort that only someone like Jesus can provide.
3 – Battlefield
Jesus sees this world as a “battlefield,” and we might do the same. If we have not voiced the word, “battlefield,” we have surely thought it without verbal identity. Maybe we just called this world a “hell,” which is the vernacular that is more commonly used. We have made of this world a “hell,” but, if we follow Jesus’s message in ACIM and ACOL, we can, quite literally, turn this world into a heaven. What more could we ask?
4 – We Are Weary
We are very weary of the trials of this world. We are weary of our own trials, which have come to us to allow a better choice to be made this time around (an ACIM tenet). May we spend today seeking ways to go beyond our trials, to turn a situation around for the better not far off in the distance, but immediately, now. And may we turn this world into a heaven. Grant us the understanding and belief that such a turnabout is not only possible, but probable. If we follow Jesus’s word.
Today is a time for comfort. Today is a time for solace for our hearts.
We are weary of this world and its battles, this hell that we have sometimes made for ourselves. May we turn today to both Jesus and to You, for with the turning to an elder brother, and with the turning inward to the Divine, we are finally taking steps that will turn our world into the heaven that we have been led to understand that this world can be.
Be with me today as I seek to live a better way. May I choose “another way,” as the co-scribes of A Course in Miracles, Helen and Bill, learned together. And may my good feeling not be long in coming, for I am impatient to know the way that You would show, in all your graciousness, to me. Thanking You in advance, I am Yours.