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“No call to God can be unheard nor left
Unanswered. And of this I can be sure;
His answer is the one I really want.”

We were created by Love as Love. Love has only one purpose or desire. And that is to extend Itself, to give Love. That is what we really want. But this world was made by the ego thought system which rejects Love, choosing specialness in its place. When we identify with the ego thought system, we have become confused about what we really want. It’s like a two year old who’s gotten really tired and cranky. If you ask this tired two year old what he wants, what will make him happy, he may tell you what he thinks it is, but if he gets it, he’s not happy. You can try again and again and nothing brings happiness. He does not remember what he really wants.

Our Creator alone knows what we really want, because He created us like Himself. Seeing that we were confused about what we really wanted, He gave us the Holy Spirit, Who remembers for us. So no matter how confused we are about what we want, no matter how much we seek in the world for happiness, the memory of what we really want stays with us. At some point we become willing to stop searching where we have not found happiness and turn to the Voice for God within, Who will lead us back to what we really want.

We really want Love and nothing else. But Love does not demand that we receive It. It waits on our welcome. When we choose the illusions of this world, we are denying Love and It is not welcome. As we let illusions go, as they cease to have value to us, Love is welcome and fills our hearts with joy. The identity I have called myself begins to be recognized as nothing and the Self that God created like Himself begins to be recognized as everything.

Through forgiveness, letting go of illusions, I return to my Identity as the Son of God. Today I continue my practice of bringing every unsettled or disturbing thought to the Holy Spirit with an open mind and heart to receive His perception and take another step closer to recognizing my Self. I thank my Father that He created me changeless like Himself and gave me the means to remember Who I am.

This lesson is about opening my mind to the Holy Spirit, letting my mind join with the Holy Spirit so I will truly recognize where all true value lies. Looking out through the body’s eyes and making a world of separation from God real has really been choosing against my Self — refusing to recognize What I am and Where I am.

Because I cannot leave Heaven, which is what I am, I have been dreaming of being on a distant shore, where everything is separate and alone, unique and different from everything else. By dreaming in this way, I have given myself the semblance of making decisions on my own and being independent of God. Because this dream is denying the Love I am, it has been filled with fear. It has really been hell. Like the prodigal son who has thrown away his father’s wealth, I am now wanting to return to my Father’s Home. I have recognized that dreaming of being on a distant shore is not what I really want.

Holy Spirit, I open my mind to Your healing insight. I open my mind to the truth. I would awaken to the truth that in fact I have never left Heaven. I open to the truth that nothing has changed God’s Son and that I still remain as God created me. In true humility, I am willing to step back and listen to Your healing Voice. I am willing to receive a change of mind. I am willing to see all things as they really are and give up my foolish dreams of separation. I am willing to let my mind be healed today.

As I ask the Holy Spirit for guidance in reading this lesson, He reminds me of my commitment to seek and find the peace that I want, that I am, that was given me. In my heart, I know no call to my Father has gone unanswered. He has never failed me and He continues to reveal Himself to me in all I do; I but need to be still. And in this stillness, I am aware of His love, His promise. I choose today to remember that myself is nothing, but my Self is all.

Let me take this opportunity to wish all of you, my brothers and sisters a truly blessed Christmas. May the Christ in all of us be born this season, along with our brother Jesus. May we come a little closer to our true Selves and each other in the Oneness of our Heavenly Father. God blesses you.

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