II.  SECTION 9.  What is the Second Coming?

Lesson 305 There Is A Peace That Christ Bestows On Us.

Audio credit: eckiefriar.com Lesson 305
  1. Who uses but Christ’s vision finds a peace so deep and quiet, undisturbable and wholly changeless, that the world contains no counterpart.  Comparisons are still before this peace.  And all the world departs in silence as this peace envelops it, and gently carries it to truth, no more to be the home of fear.  For love has come and healed the world by giving it Christ’s peace.
  2. Father, the peace of Christ is given us, because it is Your Will that we be saved.  Help us today but to accept Your gift and judge it not.  For it has come to us to save us from our judgment on ourselves.[1]
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Let us pray this morning for Christ’s vision that we may all experience the peace of God.  We are finding in our journey through the Course that Holy Spirit lets us experience this peace in small doses as we become reacquainted with our true and holy Selves.  Because we have been living in this world and identifying with the ego for most of our lives, confused about God’s Love and God’s creation, living in separateness and fear, the peace of God terrifies us and fills us with suspicion!  The deep, quiet, changeless nature of God’s peace is a shattering experience for the ego – which clamors for the changing tides, raging winds, and tumultuous waves of this world. 

In our text study we find that the first obstacle to God’s peace is our desire to get rid of it.  How often have we entered into a peaceful, loving situation with the very desire to set people straight, stir up trouble, play with someone’s head, or otherwise disturb the peace?  When is the last time we settled in to watch a television series that promoted God’s undisturbable peace? 

I was thinking of this the other night when Lover and I binge-watched Justified. An old series we found on Netflix almost by accident, the main character, played by Timothy Olyphant, is Raylan Givens.   As a hard-nosed federal marshal with an endearing devotion to justice, he is the kind of hero we both adore.  Sporting a Stetson, shooting ruthless mobsters, not allowing rules of procedure to get in the way of justice, Mr. Givens still goes soft over his ex-wife who left him for a realtor.  An antithesis to the peace that Christ bestows on us, Justified thrills us with violence, revenge, plotting for attack and defense, unforgiveness, grief, sorrow, sexual misadventures, fear, poverty, and dire circumstances.  It makes the ego world real to us, and like the ego itself, weaves its lusty, bloody, calamitous, suspicious web around our minds and pulls us in.  We ended up watching one episode after the other, far into the wee morning hours.  No point being sanctimonious, it was great fun!

And yet it is God’s Will that we are saved from the warped natures that are drawn to such unpleasantness.  When the peace of Christ envelops the world, our thirst for the gritty, grubby attractions of ego are carried away.  When love comes, Jesus says in today’s lesson, the world is healed through Christ’s peace!

Ego doesn’t want to be saved, and the part of us which is ego has an abhorrence for the peace of God.  No matter.  We bow our heads and pray the prayer that saves us all:

Dear Heavenly Father, It is Your Will and our holy will that are world be saved.  Please help us to accept Your gift of peace.  Let us not judge this gift from Christ with the warped ego, which has no understanding of peace or knows its worth. Let us realize the joy and wonder that awaits our world as ego’s condemnation and despair is lifted.  Enlighten our minds, Father.  Let us not content ourselves with the world’s insane, bullet-ridden, dark and dusty justice, which fights flesh and blood in different tales that tell the same old sorry story.  Fill our minds with the peace that Christ bestows upon us so that we can become truly loving and creative in the deep and quiet, calm of bliss and joy.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 305. There is a peace…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 452