II.  SECTION 9.  What is the Second Coming?

Lesson 302.  Where Darkness Was I Look Upon The Light

  1. Father, our eyes are opening at last.  Your holy word awaits us, as our sight is finally restored, and we can see.  We thought we suffered.  But we had forgot the Son whom You created.  Now we see that darkness is our own imagining, and light is there for us to look upon.  Christ’s vision changes darkness into light, for fear must disappear when love has come.  Let me forgive Your holy world today, that I may look upon its holiness and understand it but reflects my own.
  2. Our Love awaits us as we go to Him and walks beside us showing us the way.  He fails in nothing.  He the end we seek, and He the means by which we go to Him.[1]
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The goal of A Course in Miracles is to change the way we look at the world.  Where we see a cause for hatred or revenge, we now maintain our focus on the call for love which is behind it.  When our brother does something to hurt us, instead of sulking or calling people on the phone to spread the ill will, we take this as a quiet opportunity to bless and not curse.  When the mistakes of our past come up and disturb our sleep, plaguing us with guilt and shame, we now can look at them as personalized object lessons designed for our accelerated learning.  This is not magic.  It is a curriculum, it is a devotion, a discipline, a practice.  It takes time and effort and dedication.  For we have contented and entertained ourselves with darkness, and now we are looking beyond the dark shadows to the light.  It does not feel natural or easy.    

This world gives us many opportunities to see darkness.  We can see the estrangement of a friend or a family member as depressing, or we can choose to see the break in the relationship as a time of releasing the special relationship to Holy Spirit for healing and renewal.  We can see the loss of a treasured material object as an excuse to go on a manhunt for the guilty culprit, or we can choose to give it up to whomever helped themselves to it and bless them, trusting God because our true treasure is not in the material world.  We can wallow in post-traumatic stress syndrome and blame our present and base our future on the things that happened in the distant past, or we can step with confidence in our present and see how adversity has made us strong and in place to help others. 

This is not a practice for the faint of heart.  There are days when the Second Coming seems a fantasy.  We are tempted to forget it, it requires too much time, energy, faith, trust.  We are not holy and not willing to kid ourselves or each other into believing we are!  Dark is dark and the world is dark.  The news informs of us this every single day.  The vision of Christ seems out of reach.  We must forgive the holy world in order to see it and understand it reflects our own invisible holiness, when all we really want to do is squeeze all the enjoyment and pleasure we can get from this one! 

Holy Spirit asks us to take every disturbing instance and use it to practice looking on the light.  It is so much easier to play tit-for-tat, to murmur and complain, to throw darts, and to begrudge social slights, but we are asked to forgive it all, look upon the light, and give every instance to our Teacher, Holy Spirit, to use as learning tools.

It is not impossible!  We have Love walking beside us, leading the way, and waiting at the end of our journey.  We have each other and the joy of fellowship as we practice seeing through the eyes of Christ.  His Love sustains us on our journey and gives us the strength to withstand the temptation to delay ourselves and thus delay the Second Coming.  For He will come when we are ready, fully welcoming, and have had our fill of the ego-world. 

Let us welcome Him with wide-flung arms and warm embrace.  Let us laugh and dance and sing for where we stumbled about in confusion and darkness, we now have light.    

[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 302. Where darkness was…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 450