II. SECTION 8. What is the Real World?
Lesson 298. I Love You, Father, and I Love Your Son
- My gratitude permits my love to be accepted without fear. And thus am I restored to my Reality at last. All that intruded on my holy sight forgiveness takes away. And I draw near the end of senseless journeys, mad careers, and artificial values. I accept instead what God establishes as mine, sure that in that alone I will be saved; sure that I go through fear to meet my Love.
- Father, I come to You today, because I would not follow any way but Yours. You are beside me. Certain is Your way. And I am grateful for Your holy gifts of certain sanctuary, and escape from everything that would obscure my love for God my Father and His holy Son.
King David begins his beloved Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…The words to this psalm have always filled me with a sense of peace, gratitude, and well-being. You are in charge, Lord. I have no worries and cares. In today’s lesson, Jesus gives us the peace that surpasses all ego understanding by teaching us the same message: I love You, Father, and… I love Your Son. I am at rest. The stress is gone. My love for God and for His Son establishes – without a trace of concern – His love for me. I have no need to earn His love, to fear that it will be used against me, that He will withhold knowledge, goodness, or understanding from me in an attempt to keep me in ignorance and as an inferior being.
Last year when I meditated upon this lesson, Holy Spirit showed me that when we come to know God as cherished children who take their parents’ love as their right and privilege, our real Selves are restored to us. There is no fear! We no longer believe the lies of the ego’s version of deities with sulky, jealous tempers who pour their wrath upon us, tempt and test us, who thirst for blood and the aroma of sizzling fat and roasting meat. We asked for the truth, and Holy Spirit set us free from the lies of our traditions, our religions, the false teachings which led to conflict, division, and a dizzying array of rules, rites, and rituals with which to worm our way back into the good graces of a seemingly testy and changeable god.
All that intruded upon our holy sight forgiveness takes away. We can say goodbye to the meaningless exercises in madness, trying to make truth come from ancient and varied texts which were clearly not the inspired word of God. We can free ourselves from its curses, its hellfire and brimstone, its floods and earthquakes, its comets and cupids, its donders and “blitz-thems.” Forgiveness fades away all the fear our past associated with our Loving Father – the ungodly striving we do in order to win His approval, the fake religions we make to separate us from our brothers, the ridiculous pieces of paper we grant to those who study and practice the lies of that which is not love – Gone!
Last year I shared how for quite a few years of my past I avowed atheism, or maybe not atheism, but definitely agnosticism. (I had not quite made up my mind about it.) I was no longer willing to spend any time seeking God or trying to please and appease a deity that kept me in a state of uncertainty. The god I had learned about in the bible and in church was not the Creator that appealed to my sense of love, devotion, and unreserved respect. Streets of gold and gates of pearl did not seem like a good tradeoff for being expected to sing praises to a maker who would blame his creations for their faults. It hardly seemed fair to burn, forever, in a lake of fire, those who were not amongst the predestined elect. The scripture, the teachings, the doctrines were a convoluted mess of vague interpretations, illogical dreams, and frightful visions, which led to variance and rivalry on every level. I was no longer willing to support institutions which taught this view. I stopped praying. I stopped reading the bible. I stopped singing hymns. And I stopped pretending that I felt otherwise. However, I could not stop loving God! I could not stop loving Jesus. I could not follow a disbeliever’s path, simply because – bottom line, I am His and He is mine.
Like me, you, too, may have prayed this prayer in your own words and based upon your own experiences:
I cannot find You, Father, in church! I cannot find You, Father, in the scriptures, letters, and gospels from centuries past. I cannot find you, God in my relationships or in my profession. I cannot find You in this doctrine or that. But here You are inside of me. Loving me and accepting my love. Holding nothing against me because there is nothing I could ever do or say or become that would change the fact that I am Yours and You are mine. I love You Father, and I love Your Son, with whom I am one and with whom all of Creation is one. I do not know how to stop loving You. I do not know how to stop loving Your Creation. And for Your holy gift of escape from all that would decry my love for You and Your Love for me – I am grateful now and forever. Amen.
 A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 298. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 447.
 Parts of the personal notes and application of this posting have been borrowed from and inspired by Lesson 298 I love you Father and I love Your Son, posted 10-25-2019, at the friar patch @ www.eckiefriar.com. Used by permission.
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