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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.