Lesson 334 Today I Claim The Gifts Forgiveness Gives

II.  SECTION 12. What is the Ego?

Lesson 334 Today I claim the gifts forgiveness brings.

  1. I will not wait another day to find the treasures that my Father offers me.  Illusions are all vain, and dreams are gone even while they are woven out of thoughts that rest on false perceptions.  Let me not accept such meager gifts again today.  God’s Voice is offering the peace of God to all who hear and choose to follow Him.  This is my choice today.  And so I go to find the treasures God has given me.
  2. I seek but the eternal.  For Your Son can be content with nothing less than this.  What, then, can be his solace but what You are offering to his bewildered mind and frightened heart, to give him certainty and bring him peace?  Today I would behold my brother sinless.  This Your Will for me, for so will I behold my sinlessness.[1]
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Today we commit ourselves with no more delay!  Today is the day we discover the eternal treasures that our Father gives to us.  No longer can we accept the things of this world.  Nothing this world offers can we hold dear for no matter what we accumulate in this world of time, it will turn to rot and bring us sorrow – our riches, our assets, our status in the world all rest on the valueless. We refuse to search for salvation in our special relationships and the ego-promises of this world – for now we know where the treasure is and where it can be found. 

It is the peace of God we want.  We searched for what was never lost!  The peace of God, like truth and love and God Himself, is and always was.  We, who were tempted to find another purpose than the one in which we were created, became possessed of a dark shadow that bade us seek what could never be found; that called us to follow that which cannot lead, that promised to cherish when it can only despise.

Today we seek only that which is eternal.  We put all else aside – special relationships, worldly ambitions, banal affiliations – for we see them for the meager substitutes they are.  The peace of God is ours today – for we have opened our minds and hearts to hear and we choose to follow Him.  This is our choice today – as we go two-by-two, hand-in-hand to collect the treasure that God has given us.

Dear brother, take note.  It is through our brokenness, bewilderment, and dread we are brought to the peace and certainty of God.  We forgive the separation.  We forgive our brothers their dark shadow even as our own dark shadow fades away.  We offer only forgiveness and gratitude for it is only through the ego’s betrayal, deceit, and despair that we find our way to God.[2]

[1]A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students.  Lesson 334. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 469.

[2] the friar patch @ www.eckiefriar.com Lesson 334, (2019) reposted by permission. 

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

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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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