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Lesson 356 Sickness Is But Another Name For Sin…

II.  SECTION 14. What am I?

Lesson 356 Sickness is but another name for sin.  Healing is but another name for God.  The miracle is thus a call for Him.

  1. Father, You promised You would never fail to answer any call Your Son might make to You.  It does not matter where he is, what seems to be his problem, nor what he believes he has become.  He is Your Son, and You will answer him.  The miracle reflects Your Love, and thus it answers him.  Your Name replaces every thought of sin, and who is sinless cannot suffer pain.  Your Name gives answer to Your Son, because to call Your Name is but to call his own.[1]

Today in your devotional practice, ask God to illuminate your mind as we meditate upon the lesson concept.  Sin and sickness are synonymous. While we experience sin and sickness in the flesh, neither one of them have anything to do with God.  Since God is not the author of flesh; He is not the author of sin; and He certainly is not the author of our sickness!  Sin and sickness are manmade.  They are the result of separation. They are the result of brokenness.  They are the result of every shattered bit believing it is alone, lonely, and lost.  

Sin and sickness do not stand for or with God for God stands for healing.  When we call to Him, God answers.  No matter where we are, brother, God is there because God is with us, He placed Himself within us and no matter how many times we have been broken, no matter how many times we have attacked others, no matter what our problem is or the problems we have inflicted upon others, we remain forever His Son.  And God answers our calls. 

Our prayer lesson tells us today that the miracles we need are a call to Him; the miracles we need reflect His Love and responds to every single need we have.  The name of God, and remember we can call God, God; we can call God, Healing; we can call God, Love – these names of God will replace every thought of sin!  When our thoughts of sin are replaced, we can not suffer pain.  We are healed.  We are cleansed.  We are made right again! 

The last sentence of our prayer today prepares us to accept who and what we really are.  Pay careful attention and do not be afraid of this, because to know this is to accept God and our everlasting place in His Kingdom.  Read the last sentence with care and with your mind and heart fastened upon your desire for truth, for answers, for healing: 

Your name gives answer to Your Son, because to call Your Name is but to call his own.

How long will we remain the sons of man – human, fleshy, separated from our Father, steeped in thoughts of sin, sickness, suffering, and death?  We are Sons of God – when we call upon the name of God, we are sure to be answered, because to call upon the name of God is but to call upon our own. 

Today when thoughts of sin and sickness appear in your mind, remind yourself of who and what you are in God.  Instead of cursing someone, offer them a blessing.  Instead of holding a grudge, ask God to heal and restore.  Seeking vengeance does not correct a bad situation, it makes it worse.  Saying mean things about others does not improve anybody or anything.  Standing about gossiping and spreading rumors does not propagate good cheer.  You are His Son.  You stand with Christ in forgiving the world.  You are here to do God’s work because you are His Son.  Together, we are the Brotherhood of Christ, the holy Sonship of God. We are called to have and to give miracles, that reflect the Love and Healing expressions of God.


[1]A Course in Miracles, Workbook for Students, Lesson 356. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).  p. 482.

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Coming up on sixty, 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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