LESSON 361 to 365
This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge, for I would follow You, certain that Your direction gives me peace.
- And if I need a word to help me, He will give it to me. If I need a thought, that will He also give. And if I need but stillness and a tranquil, open mind, these are the gifts I will receive of Him. He is in charge of my request. And He will hear and answer me because He speaks for God, my Father, and His holy Son.
This morning as I devote my time to return to God, I am drawn to repeat our prayer. Giving each word particular attention and focusing my intention on genuinely sharing instants of holiness with the Holy Spirit, I ask Him to be in charge of me. I want to follow Him instead of going the way of the ego.
Amid the joys and happiness of the Christmas celebrations, the festive food, and family times, I would be remiss if I did not also share another side to the process of salvation. The light of Christ has revealed to me long-buried sorrows, shame, and remorse stemming from incidents that happened so long ago that it seems they had burrowed into the dark recesses of my mind. Crushing my spirit and stubbing out my joy, the ego would use the past to depress me, to repress my true identity in Christ. However, in Christ, I can quietly observe the distressing memories, let recrimination and remorse go, offering compassion to myself and all involved.
Practicing the holy instant with the Holy Spirit is a challenge to our ego-identity, which would instead project and blame, condemn and hide rather than face the truth about itself. Putting the Holy Spirit in charge of our moments in time, we can be certain of the right direction and the peaceful outcome.
The Holy Spirit takes the ego’s words of reproach and gives us the words of love we need. The Holy Spirit gives us the forgiving thoughts we need to give our minds the stillness, tranquility, and openness necessary to receive His gifts. Having asked the Holy Spirit to be in charge, He has heard and answered us – because He is the Voice for God, our Father, and for Jesus Christ, His holy Son.
This may be the same lesson for yesterday and for tomorrow and the next and the next, however each day we will get something new and fresh from its message! Let the Holy Spirit teach us, lead us, guide and direct us as we prepare our hearts and minds for the new year. Have a blessed day. In Jesus name. Amen.
 A Course in Miracles, Workbook for Students, Lesson 361-365 This holy instant…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 486