Lesson 340 I Can Be Free Of Suffering Today

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II.  SECTION 12. What is the Ego?

Lesson 340 I can be free of suffering today.

  1. Father, I thank You for today, and for the freedom I am certain it will bring.  This day is holy, for today Your Son will be redeemed.  His suffering is done.  For he will hear Your Voice directing him to find Christ’s vision through forgiveness and be free forever from all suffering.  Thanks for today, my Father.  I was born into this world but to achieve this day and what it holds in joy and freedom for Your holy Son and for the world he made, which is released along with him today.
  2. Be glad today!  Be glad!  There is no room for anything but joy and thanks today.  Our Father has redeemed His Son this day.  Not one of us but will be saved today.  Not one who will remain in fear, and none the Father will not gather to Himself, awake in Heaven in the Heart of Love.[1]
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Today is a travel day for me – a lovely trip from Pennsylvania to Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Our youngest grandson turns eight soon, and we are going to surprise him by showing up at his birthday party tomorrow night. 

Traveling has been the theme of my life – Going Places could be my middle name, even though I prefer Home Body.  Going places upsets my devotion, habits, and writing.  Fluctuations in my diet and exercise practices distress my stomach, head, and nerves.  Content and happy as I am in my own house with my things and my sweet routines, going places seems to be my due. 

Clearly, there is a positive side to travel.  It is fun to see new places, visit with our loved ones, meet new people, and experience different things.  Still, my heart grows dreary when it is time to pack another suitcase, plan another trip, make a reservation, and emotionally prepare myself for the personality quirks and cultural differences of those on the other end of the journey.  Saying goodbye to my family here, the chickens and ducks, the cats, my kitchen, my bed, my office – seems more hardship than an adventure.

Today’s devotion calls for us to be thankful.  There is the promise of freedom from all that would cause me to suffer.  Christ’s vision comes to me through forgiveness, and it is only through forgiveness that we can be free from all suffering.  Be glad, be glad! Jesus calls.  There is no room for anything but joy and thanks today.  All are saved – today.  I leave my earthly home behind but my eternal, heavenly one, never.  In our Father’s house there is no leaving this one to be with that one!  There we are One, separated not by time and space and ego bodies, but awake in the Heart of Love. 


[1]A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students.  Lesson 340 I can be free of suffering today…Foundation of Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 472.

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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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