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Part II:1 WHAT IS FORGIVENESS?

Lesson 229 Love, Which Created Me, is What I Am.

  1. I seek my own Identity, and find It in these words: “Love Which created me, is what I am.”  Now need I seek no more.  Love has prevailed.  So still It waited for my coming home, that I will turn away no longer from the holy face of Christ.  And what I look upon attests the truth of the Identity I sought to lose, but Which my Father has kept safe for me.
  2. Father, my thanks to You for what I am; for keeping my Identity untouched and sinless, in the midst of all the thoughts of sin my foolish mind made up.  And thanks to You for saving me from them.  Amen.[1]
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Meditation for Lesson 229

Jesus reminds us today that love prevails.  Through every way in which the ego would have its way with us, each thrust of pain, of disappointment, of discomfort, and unpleasantness, through all the hard lessons we must learn in separation, love prevails.  Our Identity is unscathed by all the lies, the torment, the false promises, and betrayals that this realm has prepared for us.  Our Identity, which we sought to lose when we thought to separate from our Creator, remains love in a realm that attempt to exchange love for high adventure, the thrill of independence, the cavernous enticement of lust, power, and specialness, and the arrogance of doing it our own way. 

But we were created by the unchanging God to be constant as the One who made us.  No matter what we dreamed of doing with our holy Sonship, it remained unchanged.  We are the Love, Which created us, Jesus asserts.  You can turn away from it as long as you want, but this fact will never change.  We cannot escape our Identity in Christ, we cannot escape our holiness, our truth, the fact that no matter what we dreamed up to separate ourselves from Him, we will ever remain as Love created us.

Today take every opportunity to let the words of our lesson take root in your consciousness.  No matter how unloving you may feel toward others, no matter how much better you think the world would be if there were certain groups of people who were not getting in your way to make it so, no matter how many grudges, resentments, and feelings of ill regard you may feel you have every right to feel toward those who abused you, you are created by Love and that is what you are.  Love is waiting for you to come home; Love is waiting for you to wake up from the self you made in ego-land and come home to this everlasting truth.

Daily as we set aside time to seek God, as we allow the truth of our lessons to inform us of our reality in Christ, as we begin to develop the forbearance and spiritual rigor required for this process, the holy face of Christ becomes apparent in our mind and informs our every decision, our every thought, our every move.  As tedious as this may sound to the uninitiated, even getting one glimpse of our true Identity in Christ, our holiness, our wholeness, the peace, love, joy, and sense of ultimate reality is all it takes to make the world of lies, special relationships, sin, sorrow, and suffering commence to melt away.   

No matter where we are today, no matter who the world says we are, no matter if people love us or hate us, if we live in a palace or if we live behind bars, no matter the color of our skin, our religious or cultural background,  if we have a penis or a vagina or perhaps both or neither, we will no longer allow our bodies, the opinion of others, or the world tell us who we are.  We will not let the history of “our people” define us.  We will not let our privileges, or our disadvantages define us.  We will not align our identities with political parties or charitable organizations.  For now we know.  Love created us and that is what we are.  We are Love.

In our quiet time of meditation and devotion pray this prayer in your own words, from your own unique experience:

Dear Father, Thank You for keeping my Identity one of Love no matter the mistakes I make, the lies I believe, or how my family, friends, and affiliates may characterize me.  Thank You for seeing past what the world makes me out to be – a body, an old woman, white, an American, a Protestant, privileged in some areas, disadvantaged in others.  Thank You for not defining me by the scars I have collected in the world, the defenses I have built, the defiance I have exhibited toward Your Love and my reality in You.  Thank you for delivering my mind from a past full of abuse, mistrust, grudges, resentments, memories of hostility, opponents, meanness, and stupidity.  Thank You, Dear Father, for making me in Love, for Love and to be Love, for delivering me from all things that would vie to take the place of who and what I am in You. 

In the name of Jesus, with Whom I am one.  Amen. 


[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 229. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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