Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now
REVIEW V God is Love, and therefore so am I.
- (163) There is no death. The Son of God is free. God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
- (164) Now are we one with Him Who is our Source. God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
Daily Prayer for Review V:
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.
Personal Notes and Application: In Lesson 163, Jesus calls for us to renounce death in all its forms. Death is a thought that has taken different forms. Jesus states that we often fail to recognize that in all things that tempt us to be unhappy, worried, envious, concerned with sin, with shame, with sorrow, we are reflecting upon the worship of death as savior and as a giver of release. Thoughts of death seem mighty to the sons of man. No matter what kind of life you live – whether you sit on your stoop and booze it up every day giving no thought at all to caring for your family or contributing to the larger community or if you go to work each day, mow your lawn, put your hard-earned money in a college fund for your kids, and donate to the church – the withered hand of death is waiting to take all life as hostage to itself.
But Jesus calls death out as an idol, a mockery of the eternal God who promises life and love everlasting. Death, the opposite of God, appears to be stronger than the will of God, His Will for life, eternal love, and the constancy of Heaven. The idol we have made of death puts a headstone on the body of the holy Son of God each time any part of creation dies and seems to be no more. No more can the dead sing praises to our eternal, loving Father, for the idol death has defeated him. Every epitaph death writes is a witness that God is dead. And all of those who worship death concur, bowing to the ground, whispering that death is right – God is dead, death reigns undefeated.
There can be no compromise with such thinking. Either death is total, and all things die, including God and His Creation, or else all things live and cannot die.
Even the insane have a difficult time believing God is dead. The thought itself implies that God was once alive and then willingly gave up the ghost or was defeated in battle, killed by a greater power, a stronger will. Would God who is Life grow weary and tired and bored with it? Could death overcome the eternal life of God and His creations as well? This is a question that we must ask ourselves. This is a question that bears answering.
The worshippers of death in all its forms are filled with fear. And yet, Jesus says there is only Life and no death. When we see this, we are instantly released from the fear of death – we can renounce it in every form it takes. God did not make death – death is part of the illusion of time, it is the milestone of the son of man’s perverted kingdom, made to keep the creation of God hostage to their bodies, distracted from their true identity in Christ, at home in a malignant, time-bound world ruled by dreams of madness and murder.
Pray that our eyes are blessed, that we recognize that we live and move in God alone, that we are not bodies, but rather eternal spirits. We cannot die for death is not God’s Will. We are like God; we are part of God forever. Pray that we accept the Thoughts of God as our own; that our will and God’s Will are one now and forever.
The response to this prayer is found in lesson review 164 – Now are we one with Him Who is our Source. We are reminded that the past and the future do not exist in Christ. The eternal present is the only time there is – for Christ looks past time. Only faintly do the eyes of Christ behold the busy, purposeless, nothingness of the world because His sight is fixed upon the reality of Heaven.
Christ’s vision is our vision. Christ’s vision is His gift to us – for when we accept His gifts in our quiet practice, our time here in humanity, in the cycles of death and disease, of sin and shame, of bodies of flesh and lust for meat – grows dim while our eternal spirits that suffer no illnesses, tragedies or death, know no sin or shame, and have no vulnerable bodies with bloodthirsty tendencies – becomes us once again.
In our quiet practice the illusions of the world fade away. There is no holy war against its fears; its lip-smacking, back-strapping, bottom cracking desires for power, for control, for bondage, and blood simply vanish. We need not vilify our brothers and blame them for humanity’s sorrow – we finally recognize the truth of the matter – we have made a big mistake, we followed a bad idea, we thought we could sustain ourselves on that which is not Love and Life eternal. We thought we could make our own gods, serve our own purposes, do things our own way. We thought we could take the love and life that belongs only to God and twist and pervert it into something else.
Today, Jesus says our vanity is exposed for what it is. We see the truth of the matter; the darkness is gone. In the light of His truth, a world unfolds in perfect innocence. Through the vision of Christ, we begin to recognize the valuable and the valueless for what they are. We see that which is worthy of our love and devotion and all else fades away. No worries and no fears remain. All is made right.
Today Jesus asks us not to judge with the mind of man but to receive judgment from beyond this world. We take off our blindfolds. We shake off our miseries – we realize is was only a glitch in time, a hard lesson but one that has come to an end. We can bless the world and everyone in it for the part they played in teaching us what we needed to learn about separating ourselves from Love, cutting ourselves off from our Source, running away from our Father and thinking we knew better than He Who breathed His Life into our beings and made us His own.
In our devotion this morning, we lay all of that the world has to offer us aside. We clear a space in our mind to accept the vision of Christ, to accept the role that we play in the salvation of the world, to consent to God’s Way and not the highway of death, despair, and despotism. Two by two we change the world as we acknowledge the gifts of God, as we practice in earnest, as we see through Christ’s eyes and not with the eyes of fear.
Today we are one with Him Who is our Source again. We return our trust to God, to life, to certainty. We put down our arms against our brothers. We bare our hearts to our Lord and Maker. No more do we worship the dictates of death; we become one with God who is our life, our love, our meaning, our Source.
 A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 177. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).
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