by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff
The four weeks before Christmas are typically known as Advent. It is considered a time of preparation for the birth of Christ. We have probably all lived through several advent seasons, but perhaps not one during a raging pandemic. Our present circumstances don’t change the fact that we need to focus on the truth, but they might give us more urgency to do so.
Every year, we at the Center design our A Course in Miracles wall calendar for the upcoming year. Therefore, the wall calendar for 2020 was planned in early 2019, just as the 2021 calendar was planned in early 2020. As part of the process, we lovingly select the quotes and images. The 2020 passages were drawn from the recording Looking Within in which I read quotations surrounded by Steven Halpern’s healing music. These quotes are short affirmations to drive home the transformative power of the Course.
The 2020 calendar ends the year with the December page featuring a serene snow-covered image with this powerful quote from the Course’s workbook lesson 189…
“To feel the Love of God within you is to see the world anew, shining in innocence, alive with hope, and blessed with perfect charity and love.”
Of course, when we selected this quote, we had no idea how perfect it would be for our lives and the world right now. Now is the time when we need to focus on a new dawn, not only for this world but for our lives; one where we birth a new experience past the disasters and separate interests that have pervaded this year. It is time for us to feel the love of God by…
…seeing the world anew
…seeing the world in shining innocence
…seeing the world alive with hope
…seeing the world blessed with perfect charity and love
These will be the themes for the four weeks of Advent this year. Last Wednesday in our livestream meeting, we talked about seeing the world anew by focusing on workbook lesson 191, which is the thought in our prayer ministry for the month of December: “I am the holy Son of God Himself .”
If you are a subscriber and missed last week’s meeting, I encourage you to go back to the archives and view it. If you are not a subscriber (as a subscriber you never miss a meeting because you have access to more than 300 archived meetings to watch at your convenience), we have decided to post the meeting for free viewing on our Prayer Ministry page. We are doing this because we want everyone to join in bringing forth a new world during advent. This is not done just for the world, because every gift we give to the world and to others is our path to healing transformation as well. What you give you receive and what you withhold you cost yourself. It is time we move out of our limited self interest and open our minds to our true Self interests, where we know … “all that I give is given to myself.” (W-126)
I hope you will join me this week as we focus on birthing innocence within the world by focusing on the truth of our eternal innocence. The message of God’s love is not lost to us because we have been angry, fearful, or discouraged; it is ever available. But we must be willing to give up the illusion of thinking anything outside ourselves can save us. It is time to acknowledge Who you are and allow that awareness to cover this world with miracles. You are the holy Child of God Himself. And, as God’s heir to the Kingdom, let us accept this awareness by having faith in Him. He will never leave you comfortless and will show you a whole new world of freedom, as lesson 191 states…
“…let today’s idea find a place among your thoughts and you have risen far above the world, and all the worldly thoughts that hold it prisoner. And from this place of safety and escape you will return and set it free. For he who can accept his true Identity is truly saved. And his salvation is the gift he gives to everyone, in gratitude to Him Who pointed out the way to happiness that changed his whole perspective of the world.
One holy thought like this and you are free: You are the holy Son of God Himself. And with this holy thought you learn as well that you have freed the world. You have no need to use it cruelly, and then perceive this savage need in it. You set it free of your imprisonment. You will not see a devastating image of yourself walking the world in terror, with the world twisting in agony because your fears have laid the mark of death upon its heart.
Be glad today how very easily is hell undone. You need but tell yourself:
I am the holy Son of God Himself. I cannot suffer, cannot be in pain; I cannot suffer loss, nor fail to do all that salvation asks.
And in that thought is everything you look on wholly changed.”
It is time to birth a new world, and you are essential in this process. Please join us in bringing the world (and our lives) the miracles of love and healing we all need.
“To feel the Love of God within you is to see the world anew, shining in innocence, alive with hope, and blessed with perfect charity and love.” (W-189)
I look forward to sharing with you tonight!