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Lesson 298 I Love You, Father, And I Love Your Son.

II.  SECTION 8.  What is the Real World?

Lesson 298.  I Love You, Father, and I Love Your Son.

  1. My gratitude permits my love to be accepted without fear.  And thus am I restored to my Reality at last.  All that intruded on my holy sight, forgiveness takes away.  And I draw near the end of senseless journeys, mad careers, and artificial values.  I accept instead what God establishes as mine, sure that in that alone, I will be saved; sure that I go through fear to meet my Love.
  2. Father, I come to You today, because I would not follow any way but Yours.  You are beside me.  Certain is Your way.  And I am grateful for Your holy gifts of certain sanctuary and escape from everything that would obscure my love for God, my Father, and His holy Son.[1]
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Today’s lesson reminds me of Psalm 23:  The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…I love You, Father, and I love Your Son.  The same cadence and intonation, it brings a peaceful sense of wellbeing to my soul this morning.  For I am grateful, and I trust that my love is accepted without a trace of fear.  When we come to know God as cherished children who take their parents’ love as their right and privilege, our real Selves are restored to us.  There is no fear!  We no longer believe the lies of this world, which would lead us to believe that God is a bad-tempered deity who would turn His back upon creation and demand blood and sacrifices to appease Him. 

When we forgive the illusions of this world, the walk through the valley of the shadow of death in which we must travel to reunite with our Father becomes less hurtful and more joyful.  He takes our meaningless journeys, insane professions, and unhappy relationships we develop for people and things, and gives us something new, which has been ours from before time began.  We put down the separation, and we pick up the Sonship of God.  We content ourselves no longer with substitutes; we must have the real deal!  Nothing will tempt us to delay ourselves, for we only seek escape from all that would hinder our love and devotion to our Father and His Son. 

The other day I shared with our study group how, for several years, I tried to be an atheist or at least an agnostic.  All I knew is that I no longer wanted to spend my life seeking God or trying to please a deity that played hide and seek and other iffy games from me.  The God I had learned about in the bible and in the church was not a God that I could love or respect.  Streets of gold and gates of pearl did not seem like a good tradeoff for being expected to sing praises to a maker who would blame his creations for their faults, while those who were not among the elect would burn, forever, in a lake of fire.  It did not add up!  I was no longer willing to support institutions which taught this view.  I stopped praying.  I stopped reading the bible.  I stopped singing hymns.  And I stopped pretending that I felt otherwise.  But here is the thing.  I could not stop loving God!  I could not stop loving Jesus.  I could not follow any way but God’s because I am His and He is mine. 

If you are like me, you, too, have prayed this prayer: “I cannot find you God in church!  I cannot find you God in the bible.  I cannot find you, God, in my relationships or in my profession.  I cannot find You in this doctrine or that.  But here You are inside of me.  Loving me and accepting my love.  Holding nothing against me because there is nothing I could ever do or say or become that would change the fact that I am Yours and You are mine.  I love You, Father, and I love Jesus.  I do not know how to stop loving You.  I do not know how to stop loving Jesus.  And for this, I am grateful now and forever.  Amen.”


[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 298. I love you Father…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 447

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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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