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II.  SECTION 9.  What is the Second Coming?

Lesson 306 The Gift of Christ Is All I Seek Today

  1. What but Christ’s vision would I use today, when it can offer me a day in which I see a world so like to Heaven that an ancient memory returns to me?  Today I can forget the world I made.  Today I can go past all fear and be restored to love and holiness and peace.  Today I am redeemed and born anew into a world of mercy and of care, of loving kindness and the peace of God.
  2. And so, our Father, we return to You, remembering we never went away, remembering Your holy gifts to us.  In gratitude and thankfulness we come, with empty hands and open hearts and minds, asking but what You give.  We cannot make an offering sufficient for Your Son.  But in Your Love the gift of Christ is his.[1]
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Today is our call to see our world through the eyes of Christ.  When we look at our world through His eyes, we see a world that shines like Heaven.  We see a world where we love one another, where we share happy times and nobody goes without, where the systems that are set up to protect us and help us – actually do!  We see a world where even Nature is restored to the love and peace and joy of Creation.  Jesus promises us that no matter what we are going through, no matter what problems we may think we are having, no matter how hateful and frightening the world appears to be, we are redeemed.  We are made new.  The world around us reflects mercy.  The world around us reflects loving care and kindness.  The world is a place that is brimming with the peace of God.

You may already be aware of my dim view of the world, the systems of the world, and humanity in general. There are times I am mortified for how much more I rail against the world instead of promote all that is holy and good!  My ego has convinced me that the world is out to rob, destroy, and kill. I have little to no trust in the educational, governmental, medical, or religious institutions in the world.  From the time I was a kid, I have despised cliques, clubs, and all forms of exclusiveness.  I am a registered Libertarian, an ardent nonconformist, a firm believer in “you live your life and let me – for the love of God and all that is holy – live mine.”  I do not like to be told what to do or when to do it.  In my opinion, the political movements that use shaming and blaming as their means to create social change are engaging in a primitive and especially childish form of intimidation and bullying. 

Today, Jesus says, I can forget all that!  I can get past all my anger, distaste, fear, and resentment towards all the ways in which the world is wrong and has been out to get me.  Today I am restored to love and holiness and peace.  Because I am born anew, the world is born anew.  When I am set free, I enter into a brand new perception of the world – one that is kind and good, showing mercy and care.  I inhabit a world that radiates the peace of God. Instead of mistrusting the systems of the world, I see them in the light of His love.  I am forgiving of their lacks and grateful for their gifts.  No longer can they threaten my peace or topple my joy.

This is the gift of the Second Coming, Christ born in us.  In gratitude and thankfulness we give Him the world we made and open our hearts and minds to all He gives.  The world we made could hardly be considered a gift, but yet it is sufficient.  For when we give Him the worlds in which we made, He is reborn in us and comes again.  The glory of Creation is restored when we seek only the gift of Christ. 

[1] A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 306. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).  p. 452.

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