“Bitterness and uncertainty are replaced by hope. Hope is the condition of the initiate, new to the realization of having a home within the embrace. It is the response that says to all you have just read, ‘Ah, if only it were true. If only it could be true.’ (A Course of Love, 20.36)”
1 – Three Thoughts
There are three distinct trains of thought in the passage for today. Let’s take them in order.
2 – Bitterness and Uncertainty Left Behind
First, we see that, as progress in reading A Course of Love, we leave bitterness and uncertainty behind. Bitterness is a state of mind that was not a focus of A Course in Miracles, but is important to ACOL. We are seen to be bitter about many of the things that have happened to us on our pathway through life. And we hold this feeling of bitterness, this grievance against God, close to ourselves. We cannot live this way in peace. We must and will choose a better way. And hope is the answer. Even when life seems to go against us, because we have, like a mirror, attracted bad things to ourselves, we can recognize that this state of affairs does not have to be permanent. We can choose again, and in the next choice, we can reach the tipping point of above 50 percent, which changes everything–if we hold firm to this concept of what we wish to see in our lives. (Ideas are adapted from Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret trilogy.)
3 – Hope
We enjoy hope when we accept the embrace of Jesus as what we want, as we realize that he is serious about offering us the total, unconditional love that we crave. And he soothes us, for we are much in need of comforting. This the embrace does for us. We imagine that Jesus is enfolding us in his arms, and we instantly feel justified. We feel accepted by God as well as by Jesus. And we accept ourselves, knowing that regardless of how many mistakes we have made, we are loved.
4 – The Embrace
The final sentence in the passage for today is the central hope of the embrace. If only it could be true that I am forgiven! If only it could be so simple to feel the peace that I want to feel! This is the promise that hope brings to us. And if we accept the indications of our heart, we will know peace, serenity, and we will also know happiness. Jesus’s embrace can and will do all of this for us.
5 – Forgive Self
So let us drop our own unforgiveness toward ourselves. We will even continue to make mistakes, for we are human (as well as divine), and we are living in this world, where there are many temptations. But we need not feel that all is lost, that there is no hope.
6 – Hope Will Take Us Home
This passage tells us that there is hope. And this hope will take us home to God, while we continue to walk this world.
The solution is always with the problem, and when we have articulated precisely the problem, and just as precisely turn that problem over to You, the solution appears–and quickly. Your time is not ours, but more often than not the time is soon, even within our timeframe. This gives us hope, which we are studying today. And of course any lingering bitterness about what life has dealt us, or any uncertainty about what to do in the future, dissipate. We always know the next right step, when we have taken the time to ask with sincerity. Thank You.
Be with me today as I seek to solve the pesky problems that have married my mornings recently. I feel anxious in the morning, and You would not have it so. I feel on the verge of a breakthrough, and I have hope that this is a certainty. I do ask for help with sincerity.
Thank You for listening to my prayer.