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II.  SECTION 9.  What is the Second Coming?

Lesson 303.  The holy Christ is born in me today.

  1. Watch with me, angels, watch with me today.  Let all God’s holy Thoughts surround me and be still with me while Heaven’s Son is born.  Let earthly sounds be quiet, and the sights to which I am accustomed disappear.  Let Christ be welcomed where He is at home.  And let Him hear the sounds He understands and see but sights that show His Father’s Love.  Let Him no longer be a stranger here, for He is born again in me today.
  2. Your Son is welcome, Father.  He has come to save me from the evil self I made.  He is the Self That You have given me.  He is but what I really am in truth.  He is the Son You love above all things.  He is my Self as You created me.  It is not Christ That can be crucified.  Safe in Your Arms let me receive Your Son.[1]

Much of today’s application and notes are a repeat of last year’s lesson to which I have little to add. This morning as I was about to write this blog, Tara Coverett shared the music, which I in turn share with you.  Tara plays an important role in my life as I do in hers.  In 1986 she graced my life, and in return through leadings of Him Who knows all things, I graced the lives of my childless friends.  While Tara grew up to be a beautiful woman who loves Jesus and bears me no ill will, it was not until Christ came again in my heart and changed my mind about sin and shame that I could think of her with love and forgiveness toward myself.  Today I am inspired to share this story because often times we allow what we think of as our sin and shame to hide the wonderful lessons that we learn and the blessings that come in spite of our mistakes. Our ego would keep us in a near constant state of judgment, while Christ within us frees our minds and establishes God’s Kingdom where all is turned to loveliness.

We are children of love – it does not matter what circumstances play out to bring us into this world. If we arrive in this world, Jesus tells us in the Course, we are meant to learn the lessons in separation that are meant for us.  Attend to your lessons but do not be tempted to think that this is reality or that this is a one-shot deal that will determine if you are good enough for heaven or destined for eternal damnation.  When we accept the Second Coming of Christ we have learned what we came here to learn.  Our past is washed cleaned, reinterpreted with love, and corrected of errors.  We are made new in Him!  With that said, the following is a recap of last year’s post.   

Our Course refers to angels as God’s Holy Thoughts. Holy Thoughts surround us and are still while Heaven’s Son is reborn in us.  Our lesson today exhorts us to let all earthly sounds be muted, to close our eyes to all the things we usually look upon, for we are welcoming Christ today. He becomes us as we become Him. 

I like to think of the word “become” in both of its meanings.  Christ becomes us, Christ enhances us, benefits us, becomes us.  Where we were dark and sullen; we are now bright and cheery.  We see how God worked goodness and blessing with what the ego intended for shame and sorrow.  Where once we despaired of flesh and bone, blood and gristle; now we have taken heart and are filled with hope in the incorruptible.  Where once we were full of anger, resentment, and spite; now we are joyful, forgiving, and kind.  Where once we could do nothing but meddle and put our noses where they did not belong; now we can mind our own business and release judgment and condemnation to Holy Spirit.  Christ becomes us! 

And we become Christ as He becomes us.  He becomes us as we make a place for him.  Angels watch with us as we prepare a quiet and safe place for Him to abide and grow in us.  We nurture His tender and quiet spirit by damping the jarring music of this world and letting our newborn Christ within hear the lovely sounds He understands, the songs of love and forgiveness; the lullabies of peace and joy; the hymns of praise and adoration for all of Creation.  Just as loving parents, we care for Jesus within by not partaking of the things that would call us away or distract us from the awesome responsibility that has blessed and fulfilled our deepest longing and given our life a holy purpose.  We harbor the Second Coming within us, my brothers. 

Let Him be no stranger here!  He has returned within us, born again in me and in you.  Let us not malnourish Him with the paltry junk food of this world.  Let not our egos mock His holiness or deny Him His rightful place within our minds.  Let us not amuse ourselves at His expense.  Let not our false selves use Him as a weapon for defense and attack.  Rather, let us become our Prince of Peace, and play the happy games of God, inspiring Creation with love, peace, and joy.  For Christ has returned.  He is born in us today.    


[1] A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 303. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).  p. 451.

Audio credit: the friar patch @ www.eckiefriar.com

Thanks to Tara Coverett for sharing the YouTube video: I am a child of love by Maverick City Music.