ACIM Workbook Lesson 266 – for Friday, September 23, 2011
“Father, You gave me all Your Sons, to be my saviors and my counselors in sight; the bearers of Your holy Voice to me. In them are You reflected, and in them does Christ look back upon me from my Self. Let not Your Son forget Your holy Name. Let not Your Son forget his holy Source. Let not Your Son forget his name is Yours.
“How many saviors God has given us! How can we lose the way to Him, when He has filled the world with those who point to Him, and given us the sight to look on them? (WB428)”
1 – Our Brothers and Sisters Are Our Saviors
My interpretation of the passage, including the prayer, is that our brothers and sisters are the saviors that Jesus means. What a glorious promise this is! We are certainly not in solitude in our world, and the real Self of the others is our lives mean only good for us. Of course, we do not always recognize their well-meaning attitudes toward us; all too often, we are privy to the attack and anger that peoples a world run by egos.
2 – Egos are Illusory
But we must realize that egos are illusory, a part of our belief about ourselves. In actuality, all of us do the best that we can at any given time (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM). Even though we perceive ourselves as kind, we still feel guilty, because we know that we have made mistakes, and usually we have not forgiven ourselves for those mistakes. We live, therefore, in a hell of our own making. I have mentioned before in this blog the important statement from ACIM that God does not forgive, because He has never condemned. But we have condemned ourselves, and the egos of our brothers and sisters have likewise, upon occasion, condemned us.
3 – Finding Our Way Out of the Mire
How do we find our way out of this mire? We take this passage at its word. We are surrounded by our saviors, and our saviors are even those who have sometimes (as we perceived it) “done us wrong.” We are in this together. We go home together, even though this return, the end of separation, may take millions of years. The process is set in place, and let us be grateful to Jesus that this is so.
I would look to my brothers and sisters today as my saviors. We are certainly not meant to find our way through this world alone. We can pray, commune, with You, but sometimes we are so distracted that we cannot concentrate well. Then we are led to turn to the others in our lives who are there for us. May I do so today.
I would find joy in the promise that I will be there for my brothers and sisters, even though it might take millions of years for the illusory separation to be healed. May all of us on salvation’s course save time today, so that the millions of years are shrunken.