Lesson 323 I Gladly Make The “Sacrifice” of Fear

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II.  SECTION 11.  What is Creation?

Lesson 323 I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear.

  1. Here is the only “sacrifice” You ask of your beloved Son; You ask him to give up all suffering, all sense of loss and sadness, all anxiety and doubt, and freely let Your Love come streaming in to his awareness, healing him of pain, and giving him Your Own eternal joy.  Such is the “sacrifice” You ask of me, and one I gladly make; the only “cost” of restoration of Your memory to me, for the salvation of the world.
  2. And as we pray the debt we owe to truth, —a debt that merely is the letting go of self-deceptions and of images we worshipped falsely, —truth returns to us in wholeness and in joy.  We are deceived no longer.  Love has now returned to our awareness.  And we are at peace again, for fear has gone, and only love remains.[1]
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We have a debt to truth, our lesson states today.  And oh what a debt, for we have allowed our memory of God’s Love and Certainty to be replaced by fear and chanciness.  We have accepted the myths and fables of a primal people as truth and ended up with a bloodthirsty, bad-tempered, bi-polar God who is one moment loving, kind, and tender with mercy and the next, ready to rip open the bellies of the pregnant and dash their little ones against the stones.  We have confused ourselves with sordid stories of God’s wrath while encouraging them to be even-tempered, loving, and forgiving.  We have taught our children to embrace equality and fairness while teaching them to worship a God who plays favorites and has special relationships with an elect few.  We have substituted our oneness with our Loving Father for religious affiliations, which thrive upon deception, manipulation, and sacrifice.     

Today we gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear.  When our Father asks us to give up all thoughts of suffering, all sense of loss and sadness, all anxiety and doubt, and freely let His Love come flowing into our awareness, we who offer Him this “sacrifice” are healed.  We experience eternal joy.  When we content ourselves no longer with the world’s perception of God, when we no longer support institutions and organizations that promote the ego’s hot-tempered, demanding, self-centered version of our Father, but instead let their lies and misinformation fade away – truth becomes us in holiness and joy.  Serving God is no longer a fearful hardship, but an adventure in love.  We get to know our Father, Who created us with respect and delight, not dirt with blood and gristle. Confident of the Love we have for one another, He has no need to demand our allegiance.  Our Father is not a bloated, self-important tyrant, threatening us with dire punishment!  He laughs at our waywardness with the inevitability of the Good Father – knowing we awaken, knowing we return.  For He is our will, and we are His.  We are the family of God, and we are as God created us. 

[1]A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students.  Lesson 323 I gladly make the…Foundation of Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 463.

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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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