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II.  SECTION 13. What is a Miracle?

Lesson 347 Anger must come from judgment.  Judgment is the weapon I would use against myself, to keep the miracle away from me.

  1. Father, I want what goes against my will, and do not want what is my will to have.  Straighten my mind, my Father.  It is sick.  But You have offered freedom, and I choose to claim Your gift today.  And so I give all judgment to the One You gave to me to judge for me.  He sees what I behold, and yet He knows the truth.  He looks on pain, and yet He understands it is not real, and in His understanding, it is healed.  He gives the miracles my dreams would hide from my awareness.  Let Him judge today.  I do not know my will, but He is sure it is Your Own.  And He will speak for me and call Your miracles to come to me.
  2. Listen today.  Be very still and hear the gentle Voice for God assuring you that He has judged you as the Son He loves.[1]
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Our lesson today speaks of total abandonment to God’s Will.   We don’t want what we thought we wanted, Father!  Our minds were sick, and we chased after things that trapped us in chains of pain.  Let us accept Your freedom today and take Your gift today. 

Today we lay aside all our own judgments and accept the view of Jesus.  Jesus knows all about our struggles; He also knows they are not real, and because He knows, we receive in faith and are healed.  Jesus gives us the healing, the correction, and the reality that the ego’s shadow would hide from our awareness.  Let Jesus be our judge today.  We have no idea what we should want, but our Savior knows what our hearts and minds genuinely desire – only what God has for us.  Our Savior speaks for us and calls God’s healing and correction to us. 

Today we listen.  We still our minds and hearts and quiet our spirit’s ears to hear the kind and soothing Voice for God assuring us that we are judged as the Son He loves. 

Today is our grandson’s 18th birthday, and we cannot be with him because of work obligations and travel.  There were other meaningful birthdays this month in our family – a daughter in heaven, a beloved nephew, another grandson.  Some birthdays we managed to commemorate together; others not.  There were occasions to celebrate, occasions to grieve.  A sense of gratitude; a sense of loss.  Through it all, we felt the presence of our Savior, the comfort of the Holy Spirit.  He sees what we go through, and yet He knows the truth.  He looks at our pain and knows it is not real, and in His understanding, we are healed. 

We don’t know how to fix what is broken.  We don’t know how to forgive the wrongdoings, slights, and intentional harm that others inflict upon us.  We can spend years in therapy trying to get over the adversity of our childhoods.  The mean things we say when we are fed up with the misconduct and disrespect of others may cause rifts that we have no desire to bridge.  We are here in this world of time to learn what is not love.  Opportunities abound at every turn to learn our lessons of pain and separation, judgment and condemnation, anger and retribution, which would keep us evermore on the hellish go-round of fear. 

But today we can put it aside because we know that what we see with our body’s eyes and what we experience in the shadow world is not the reality of Christ.  When we get our ego out of the picture, we can see ourselves and others as God sees us.  We can experience the miracle of love!

[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 347 Anger must come from…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 477.