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Lesson 208 – The Peace of God is Shining in Me Now

Part 1  Undoing the Way We See Things Now

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I am not a body.  I am free. For I am still as God created me.

Lesson 208

  1. (188) The peace of God is shining in me now.

I will be still and let the earth be still along with me.  And in that stillness, we will find the peace of God.  It is within my heart, which witnesses to God Himself. 

I am not a body.  I am free.  For I am still as God created me. 

Personal Notes and Application:   A long day’s journey to Chattanooga, Tennessee.  My prayer:  That the peace of God shines in me now.  That my words may be soft and kind, gentle and comforting.  That Holy Spirit shines in me and through me. 

We are now orphans, I said to my husband, and he made a dismissive sound.  You can’t be an orphan when you are our age, he told me.  He may as well have been an orphan, I thought meanly to myself.  When he finally opened up about his childhood, his stories filled me with outrage and sorrow.  It was his story and stories like his that fueled my passion for prevention education during my years at Transitions. 

Ten when my own father died, I have nothing but warm and loving memories of him – his laugh, his kind brown-hazel eyes, his strong square jaw, his comfortable paunch in front.  He was well into his forties when I was born, still handsome, fun-loving, indulgent, and insightful.  It took me a lifetime to realize what his death meant to me, to our family, to my own children, nieces, and nephews growing up without him. 

This is a different kind of dad.  His four handsome, well-past-middle-age sons have few, if any, fond memories. Today in the Jeep heading south, I prepared myself for a sea of a different kind of sorrow.  The kind of sorrow experienced by survivors of domestic violence and abuse, of terrorized childhoods, and tortured memories.  It is a sorrow over what could have been – the joyful memories, the warmth and love, the kind of father most other people seem to have – and the ongoing sorrow over never finding out what had happened to him to make him despise his own children. 

Today’s lesson idea blows right past all this draining emotion and unanswered questions.  It is the peace of God shining in me, now in the present moment, not the long past devastation and heartache, that is calling to me.  Let the earth be still along with me, and in that stillness,  we will find the peace of God.  Let us be still then, and find peace for our father, for our brothers, and for all.  

Keep quiet, is the prayer I pray to Self.  Keep loving and offer the right kind of sympathy.  The kind of sympathy that says, I understand your loss is far more than the death of your father’s body.  I wish that someone would have protected you.  I wish that it could have been different for you. 

To my husband and brothers-in-law: I am in awe of you – such strong, decent, good guys in spite of all that passed.  God bless and keep you. 

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Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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