Miracles News

July-September, 2020

Lesson 287

by Rev. Joyce Peebles, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Today’s lesson says, “You are my goal, my Father, Only You.” I understand the lesson; the problem is my resistance to do what it is asking.

I’ve been studying ACIM for about fifteen years. I observe the ego taking pride in thinking I understand what it says. I tell myself nothing means more to me than waking up from the dream cycle. Nobody needs to convince me that this world is never going to make me happy. My real life is in recognizing that I never left God. The separation did not occur.

I am very comfortable telling myself this every day. Yet where the rubber meets the road is in practicing forgiveness. This lesson reminds me that my goal is to remember my Father.

The Holy Spirit clearly tells me that entertaining thoughts of anger and judgment support the idea of separation, not oneness and peace. I have a clear choice to make as I sit here reading my daily lesson. I am not confused. If I want to wake up, I cannot keep my fear, anger and judgmental thoughts. It is that simple.

I observe myself condemning hypocrites, yet I am one when I see the clear choice to make and want to indulge my specialness. After all, I’m “right.”

The thought comes that my resistance comes from fear of Love. I am the prodigal child, afraid to go back to my Father. Afraid that there is not going to be any ring given, or robe found to wear, or fatted calf killed in celebration for me.

Have I had enough of living on the husks and pain in the world, a world that exists only in my mind.

It all comes down to, do I want to see my brother as innocent? It is then that I will also see myself as innocent and worthy of my Father’s gifts. Practicing forgiveness is as hard as I make it, or as easy as I make it.

I do not sit in this chair every morning and read the daily Lesson to receive nothing. I want to hear Guidance and am thankful for it. It is time to let myself out of prison since I am the only one holding the key. I shift my desire from judgment to forgiveness.

Forgiveness says that I decide to believe what my ego tells me happened has not occurred. The offending person is not really there. In Text, Chapter 12 we are told: “If you are afraid, it is because you saw something that is not there.” (T-12.VII.10:4) I made the situation up and I recognize that the imagined guilt and fear are in my mind.

I have my peace back when I remember there is no separation and therefore there is only innocence and Love. It is brought to my remembrance what I read yesterday in Text, Chapter 12.

“The power of decision is your one remaining freedom as a prisoner of this world. You can decide to see it right. What you made of it is not its reality, for its reality is only what you gave it.”

Rev. Joyce Peebles is a Pathways of Light minister living in Hot Springs Village, AR Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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