II.  SECTION 9.  What is the Second Coming?

Lesson 310 In fearlessness and love I spend today.

  1. This day, my Father, would I spend with You, as You have chosen all my days should be.  And what I will experience is not of time at all.  The joy that comes to me is not of days nor hours, for it comes from Heaven to Your Son.  This day will be Your sweet reminder to remember You, Your gracious calling to Your holy Son, the sign Your grace has come to me, and that it is Your Will I be set free today.
  2. We spend this day together, you and me.  And all the world joins with us in our song of thankfulness and joy to Him Who gave salvation to us, and Who set us free.  We are restored to peace and holiness.  There is no room in us for fear today, for we have welcomed love into our hearts.[1]
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As we wrap up the lessons in Part Two, section nine – “What is the Second Coming?” Jesus instructs us to spend this day in thankfulness to our Father.  As the second coming of Christ awakens in our hearts and minds, we come to God as beloved Sons – eager and willing to know Him as only treasured children can appreciate their Father’s devotion.  Today we sing a song of thanksgiving and praise.  We understand that we have been saved from a dream that ensnared our minds in trivial pursuits that led nowhere.  We have been freed from a delusional realm which offered a substanceless substitute for love.  We have been delivered from flesh and bone, rot and decay.  Our certainty is fixed upon Him.

In our holy practice, Jesus instructs us to spend our day in fearlessness and love – we devote this day to our Heavenly Father.  This is the perfect and blessed way in which He intended all our days to be from the time of Creation.  When we spend our time with Him instead of believing lies of fear and wrath and spite, we get to know our Father in joy and peace and happiness.  Time flies away and eternity is reawakened in our hearts.

Last year on this day, I shared with you memories of spending a day with my dad.  Only a few months before I turned ten, he died, and yet I still remember the thrill of riding along with him in his pastel green TV-repair van.  He filled my life with love for the word, for the story, for books and writing.  I wrote of his warmth, kindness, generous heart, and fun-loving spirit.  The pleasing sound of his laughter still rings in my ears.  Born when he was close to fifty, people often mistook me for his granddaughter.  To my siblings, I may have only been the little squirt that came along nearly ten years after the last of the real kids, but to Dad, I was an interesting person with worthwhile things to say.    

No matter the kind of man our earthly father, today we spend the day with our Heavenly Father.  The joy we experience is everlasting.  This time we spend with Him is not measured in days or hours.  Death cannot separate us from our Heavenly Father.  We will no longer wander through our journey trusting in faulty devices, or afraid and alone, for our Father has never left us – He is beside us, within us, and all around.  In fearlessness and love we spend our day. 

[1] A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 310. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 454.

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