Lesson 306 The Gift Of Christ Is All I Seek Today

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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My love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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