by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff
Viewing the coverage of the two most recent mass shootings, it is hard to know how to respond. And then I remembered…it is not my job to figure it out, but it is my job to let it be answered for me (and for all the world) by the One Who truly knows.
As that thought crossed my mind, my eyes landed on the box of Wisdom from A Course in Miracles Cards that sits on my kitchen counter. I keep this box of inspirational quotes from the Course close by just for situations like this. I closed my eyes, ran my fingers over the cards and asked for help. This is the card I pulled out . . .
“The Holy Spirit sees the world as a teaching device for bringing you home.”
Well, that thought hit me right between the eyes. It is so easy for us to feel overwhelmed or helpless in the case of such tragedies, but that feeling does not help anyone. Each event in our world becomes an opportunity to bring us closer to awakening to the truth of our oneness — our true home.
It is so easy for us to feel overwhelmed or helpless in the case of such disasters, but that feeling does not help anyone.”
Therefore, these particular events give us an opportunity to make it personal — because it is personal; it is about us recognizing our oneness! This does not mean that we have to do anything in form, but we do see all those affected by this situation as our family who need our support. We may show this support with some outward gesture, but most importantly with our prayers and the way we hold them in our thoughts. They don’t need pity but rather our strength to hold them in light and love. To remember the Christ for them when they may not be able to at the moment. To remember for them that they are as God created them and they never walk alone.
These crises become a personal opportunity for us to see where we dwell — are we focused on fear or love? If we are sitting in sadness and feelings of impotence, then we are stuck in fear and we need to look at that and ask for help to lift us into love.
As we focus our minds on compassion and support for all those in need, then we will be doing the greatest thing we can do — we will be proactive in love. And it is love that can move mountains and calm the storms of life, for it is love that reminds us of our eternal link with God.
In the 23rd psalm we read, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For You are with me . . .” It may seem like many are walking through death and destruction right now, but God is here, too. We need to be the bringers of that message for those who are so overwhelmed by the despair.
We have a mighty job to do; we must be the bearers of love right now. Whatever you are thinking in this moment, remember love is the answer. Whatever fear or challenge you may be facing, love is the answer. Whatever crisis in the world, love is the answer. When love becomes the answer for all seeming despair, then we will all be “home.”
“Do not be afraid of the ego. It depends on your mind, and as you made it by believing in it, so you can dispel it by withdrawing belief from it. Do not project the responsibility for your belief in it onto anyone else, or you will preserve the belief. When you are willing to accept sole responsibility for the ego’s existence you will have laid aside all anger and all attack, because they come from an attempt to project responsibility for your own errors. But having accepted the errors as yours, do not keep them. Give them over quickly to the Holy Spirit to be undone completely, so that all their effects will vanish from your mind and from the Sonship as a whole.” (T-7.VIII.5)