Lesson 265 Creation’s Gentleness Is All I See

PART II.  SECTION 5:  WHAT IS THE BODY?

Lesson 265 Creations’ Gentleness Is All I See

  1. I have indeed misunderstood the world because I laid my sins on it and saw them looking back at me.  How fierce they seemed!  And how deceived was I to think that what I feared was in the world, instead of in my mind alone.  Today I see the world in the celestial gentleness with which creation shines.  There is no fear in it.  Let no appearance of my sins obscure the light of Heaven shining on the world.  What is reflected there is in God’s Mind.  The images I see reflect my thoughts.  Yet is my mind at one with God’s.  And so I can perceive creation’s gentleness.
  2. In quiet would I look upon the world, which but reflects Your Thoughts, and mine as well.  Let me remember that they are the same, and I will see creation’s gentleness. 
Photo credit: http://www.eckiefriar.com The Homecoming Tie

Today I meditated upon and invited gentleness into my thoughts and interactions with others as well as myself.  When my grandson returned my car today, still handsomely sporting the new clothes we had shopped for last weekend, I remembered how Lover stopped working outside yesterday to come in and gently help him knot his tie.  And there was this gentle sense of awe from younger brother to the older who had a date and was driving Grammy’s car to the homecoming dance, that I recalled.   Then  three fresh eggs gently frying in butter for the hungry boy, and whole grain toast.  There were hugs and kisses and heart felt gratitude expressed.  How he loves to drive my car to his special occasions.  Last night it was homecoming; last spring it was prom.  A gentleman, he fills the tank with gas and washes it before bringing it back.  How nice is that? 

There was the tender picking of hundreds of tiny orange tomatoes and the joyful baking of a three-cheese pie with them.  And taking a quiet iced coffee break with Lover out back on our old metal chairs, overlooking the still pond. Picture this:  The annual baseball game taking place across the road, families carrying their camp chairs and coolers to watch the game transpire, all the shiny pickup trucks parked in rows – a day of respite from the hard work of farming to come together, play a game, drink beer, and eat good food.  The sun shining, the clouds white and puffy, the thousands upon thousands of people at the fair – nobody shoving or pushing or shouting but smiles and happiness and goodwill all around. A delicious gyro, funnel cake, bubble tea.  Petting our four-legged brothers with their silky noses pressed through the bars of their livestock stalls, ears perked and eyes soft at gentle words.  Walking about until our feet tired; coming home to our bliss.  Tucking the younger grandson into bed with love and prayers and later falling fast asleep and happy with Grandpa.  Today I see the world in celestial gentleness with which creation shines.   

Published by eckief

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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