A Blanket’s Statement

by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff

When our son Jeffrey was a baby, he was given a lovely handmade blanket. For years, it was his favorite blanket. No matter how old or tattered it became, it remained his favorite even when it eventually disintegrated. At that point, what the blanket represented was not its form but the content that he had felt in every encounter with it: love, kindness, safety, comfort, peace, etc.

As we approach the second week of our Lessons in Light, we will focus on our truth, “Light and joy and peace abide in me.” (W-93) It is often hard for us to believe that this lesson is really talking about us. Like the blanket, we started out whole and complete, a gift of innocence and love. Then, through our experiences in this world, we began to feel diminished, useless, lost, and alone.

We look to the world to support our value, but we will always fall short because we will never be enough from the world’s perspective. We will feel lacking, be “deceived, deceiving, and afraid of foolish fantasies and savage dreams.” We will make idols out of the things of the world and look to them for our value. All of these things that we feel about ourselves may seem true from our current perspective, but these thoughts are not the truth about us according to God’s Will. Just as the world could tatter, diminish, and finally destroy the blanket, it could not change its actual value to Jeff. Neither can the world change the truth about you.

“The self you made is not the Son of God. Therefore, this self does not exist at all.”

This bold statement from Lesson 93 is a simple statement of the truth. What is eternal are not all our mistakes or seemingly sinful thoughts but our truth. The images we have made about ourselves “cannot withstand the Will of God.” And, when we understand this and embrace this truth, we finally begin to live. The things of the world may beat us up, but they cannot stop the truth about Who we are. Just like the blanket, its value remained beyond its form. To this day, we know the truth about that blanket, even though we cannot touch it or see it. It remains in our hearts, and we know its truth was the love, caring, safety, and compassion stitched into every thread.

What is the truth about you? “Light and joy and peace abide in you. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God.” This lesson tells us that we need to put away the “foolish self-images” we have made about ourselves and focus on what God has given us. His Will is our truth and our salvation, and here is how we can claim it…

“Salvation requires the acceptance of but one thought; — you are as God created you, not what you made of yourself. Whatever evil you may think you did, you are as God created you. Whatever mistakes you made, the truth about you is unchanged. Creation is eternal and unalterable. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. You are and will forever be exactly as you were created. Light and joy and peace abide in you because God put them there.”

This lesson asks us to remember, for the first five minutes of every hour, Who we have forever been created to be:

“Light and joy and peace abide in me.
My sinlessness is guaranteed by God.”

…and then to use this statement when anything disturbs us, causes us fear, or tempts us to become angry with someone. By affirming…

“Light and joy and peace abide in you.
Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God.”

The same light and joy and peace that is your guarantee is the other person’s guarantee as well. As we realize our dominion over the illusions of the world by accepting our reality, we can accept that for others and thereby help to awaken the truth in them. We can “do much for the world’s salvation” as we lift our vision out of separation to unity, out of darkness to the light, out of illusions to the truth.

Today, we take a stand to remember the truth and not get lost in the lies of the ego. Let us affirm…

“Light and joy and peace abide in me.
My sinlessness is guaranteed by God.”

Feel the power of this thought and do not look to the world to agree or disagree with it. The world cannot take away the truth and empowerment of God’s mighty guarantee unless you choose to let it.

Just as Jeff’s blanket eventually disintegrated, its value and truth remained ever-present in our minds. Nothing can take your eternal truth from you. “Behind the tiny idols of evil and sinfulness you have made to replace your True Self,” the mighty power of light and joy and peace still abide in us and are ready to shine out upon a world in need of your gifts.

So wrap yourself in God’s loving answer to whatever confronts you today as you affirm…

“Light and joy and peace abide in me.
My sinlessness is guaranteed by God.”

All quotations are from A Course in Miracles lesson 93

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