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Recognizing Our Dearest Friend

Take time today to lay aside your shield which profits nothing, and lay down the spear and sword you raised against an enemy without existence. Christ has called you friend and brother. He has even come to ask your help in letting Him go home today, completed and completely. He has come as does a little child, who must beseech his father for protection and for love. He rules the universe, and yet He asks unceasingly that you return with Him, and take illusions as your gods no more.

You have not lost your innocence. It is for this you yearn. This is your heart’s desire. This is the voice you hear, and this the call which cannot be denied. The holy Child remains with you. His home is yours. Today He gives you His defenselessness, and you accept it in exchange for all the toys of battle you have made. And now the way is open, and the journey has an end in sight at last. Be still an instant and go home with Him, and be at peace a while. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 182, W-pI.182.11-12. See also ACIM Lesson 182 Insights.)

Whenever we feel defensive, we have identified with a false image of what we are. It is a reminder to pause and step back from the perceived threat of harm or loss. Our true Self remains united with our Creator and shares all of His strength. The strength of God shields us from all harm, for nothing exists outside of God. Held safely within His Love, we can rest confidently in His sure protection. Here we are at Home.

Today we practice pausing and stepping back to remember our true Home. We remember our innocence and from that place, we see the innocence in our brothers. We see past appearances in the dream. Those we perceived as enemies are recognized as our dearest friend, for the Truth in them is united with the Truth in us as the one Self that is God’s Son.

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T-26.IV.4:7 = Text, Chapt. 26, Section IV, paragraph 4, sentence 7.

W-pI.169.5:2 = Workbook, Part I, Lesson 169, paragraph 5, sentence 2.

M-13.3:2 = Manual for Teachers, Question 13, paragraph 3, sentence 2.

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