Lesson 172 – Review of Lesson 153 and 154

Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now

REVIEW V God is Love, and therefore so am I.


  1. (153)  In my defenselessness my safety lies.  God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
  2. (154)  I am among the ministers of God.  God is but Love, and therefore so am I.[1]

Daily Prayer for Review:

Steady our feet, our Father.  Let our doubts be quiet and our holy minds be still and speak to us.  We have no words to give to You.  We would but listen to Your Word and make it ours.  Lead our practicing as does a father lead a child along a way he does not understand.  Yet does he follow, sure that he is safe because his father leads the way for him.

So do we bring our practicing to You.  And if we stumble, you will raise us up.  If we forget the way, we count upon Your sure remembering.  We wander off, but You will not forget to call us back.  Quicken our footsteps now, that we may walk more certainly and quickly unto You.  And we accept the Word You offer us to unify our practicing, as we review the thoughts that You have given us.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

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Personal Notes and Application:  In Lesson 153, Jesus told us that it is in our defenseless where our safety lies.  In our study group recently we were talking about the defenses of the world.  When we come in to the world, vulnerable and at the mercy of our parents and all the older, stronger people around us, we must learn the ropes, the rules, the ways things roll in this confusing, upside-down version of the place from which we came.  Some of us learn the lessons of this world earlier than others, but we all must learn them because our very survival depends upon them.  Our defenses ensure that we are kept safe and feel secure in the face of those who would keep us unsafe and insecure.  We learn to play the game, we learn the perimeters, we learn skills and maneuvers, manipulations and techniques that help us to get what we want and need from the world. 

And then Jesus comes along and tells us that indeed it is our defenseless that saves us.  Salvation is a game that happy children play.  A game designed by a Creator who loves His Creations and who replaces all their guilts, fears, shame, and blame with a joyous game which bring an end to all their need of defense.  Everyone who plays the game of salvation wins and all who win ensures the gain to all.  Nobody who plays the happy game of salvation has any desire to play any other game – fear is gone, defenses are seen as needlessly cumbersome, and we realize that this world and all its disappointments, contradictions, lies, and shortcomings is nothing but a farce, a place where the Sons of God come until they remember who and what they really are.  The sea of humanity is but a mistaken dream, a simulated reality in which that which was and is and always will be one could be splintered, separated, and severed.   

Christ gives us our salvation; defenselessness is all we give in return.  We lay aside our need to protect that which we never were, to look on Christ and become one with God.

God is only Love and therefore so am I.

In lesson 154 we accept our function as ministers of God.  We no longer see ourselves as the sinful, shipwrecked fools that the ego would have us be, ashamed and sorrowful, contrite, and unworthy.  We are Sons of God and we are called, each and every one of us, to receive and to give the messages of God.  Jesus tells us in this lesson that we do not know that we have received the messages from God until we share them.  Many times we cause the time of sorrow and suffering to extend needlessly because we are fooled into thinking that we are not worthy to call ourselves ministers of God.  Who would listen to us after the mess we have made of things?  We may feel ourselves ill educated, unprepared, too worldly, selfish, and ruined to believe that God would have any use of us.  And yet none of that matters.  Our human experience does not define us.  There is nothing anybody could say or do to earn more or be meted less of God’s love.  God created our holy Selves and our holy Selves are in His safekeeping – nothing that we experience in the world can change this fact.  The world does its best to keep this fact from our awareness.  The world will tell us all kinds of lies about ourselves; the world will teach us perverted gospels and distorted holy books that promote God as a god of ill-intent, who would create a suffering world full of craven, fleshy creatures intent upon preying upon each other’s meat.  Many of our spiritual paths, intentionally or unintentionally, lead us down this same path – emphasizing our humanity, obscuring our true and godly Selves. 

We cannot be true ministers of God until we recognize that we are free of our humanity, our sinful natures, our lusty drives, our craven hungers, and thirsts that pose as pleasures and yet hold us captive to that which is doomed to decay.  In paragraph 13 of our lesson, we learn that our lesson is stated this way:

“I am among the ministers of God, and I am grateful that I have the means by which to recognize that I am free.” 

We have changed our mind about who and what we really are.  We will accept our only real function in the world and gladly share the gospel of Christ.  We are not flesh and blood; we are spirit and we are one with God. 

[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 172. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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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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