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II.  SECTION 13. What is a Miracle?

Lesson 348 I have no cause for anger or for fear, for You surround me.  And in every need that I perceive, Your grace suffices.

  1. Father, let me remember You are here, and I am not alone.  Surrounding me is everlasting Love.  I have no cause for anything except the perfect peace and joy I share with You.  What need have I for anger or for fear?  Surrounding me is perfect safety.  Can I be afraid, when Your eternal promise goes with me?  Surrounding me is perfect sinlessness.  What can I fear, when You created me in holiness as perfect as Your Own?
  2. God’s grace suffices us in everything that He would have us do.  And only that we choose, to be our will, as well as His.[1]
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Many of us experience intense loneliness, anxiety, and a deep sense of meaningless in our lives.  Last night Lover and I were watching, along with with thousands of others, the third season of The Crown.  In this particular episode – # 307 – Moondust – the Duke of Edinburgh was experiencing a mid-life crisis.  He scoffed at the spiritual seeking of his pastor. Although he conceded to the priest’s plans of turning one of their empty buildings and grounds into a spiritual retreat, the Duke was openly scornful. He advised the seekers to go outward and become active in the world rather than retreating inward.  However, by the end of the program, the Duke had come face-to-face with the futility and triviality of his own pursuits and will. He became a devoted participant and supporter, providing many spiritual insights and strengthening his faith through St. George’s House retreat. 

Like Prince Phillip, we lose our faith, or perhaps, when we look back over our lives, we think to ourselves, well, I never really had faith.  In my own case, and in many of our brothers’ claims, our religions were forced upon us by our parents or grandparents – the family tradition.  Instead of developing a real relationship with the quiet, inner voice of the Holy Spirit, we practiced meaningless rites, rituals, and experienced the dry, dead, dull substitute for God’s love.  Is it no wonder that we get tired of attending church, listening to prepared speeches that offer little nourishment to our souls, and give us busywork to keep us engaged and paying our tithes and making our offerings?  We are taught of a God who has temper-tantrums, picks on people who are much smaller and less powerful than He and holds eternal grudges – All things that we are cautioned not to do lest we lose our souls to fire and torment.

But we have no cause at all for fear or anger toward our Heavenly Father or toward any of this.  He surrounds us and perceives our every need.  His grace suffices us.  No matter what the world would seem to throw at us – the terrible upheavals, losses, threats, and terror – God knows it is not real – it is a nightmare that we endure but for a season to satisfy our quest for something else besides His loving will. 

We choose only that – His will – to be our will.  And we can relax into the peace and calm and quiet of God.  Nothing will tempt us to delay ourselves.  Instead of going outward and engaging in pointless, never-ending activities designed to keep our minds and bodies involved in temporality, we are set free to remember and to do the Will of God. 

Let us remind ourselves in our quiet moments that we devote to God each morning and each evening and as many times as anger and fear would try to steal our joy throughout the day, of these words:

We have no cause for anger or for fear.

God surrounds us!

For everything we think we need;

His grace suffices us.

[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 348 I have no cause…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 477.