May the Past Be Transformed

by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff

As I was flipping through Hugh Prather’s beautiful book Morning Notes: 365 Meditations to Wake You Up, I was struck by the above thought. It was just what I needed to hear and so I know it will bless you, as well. It gave me such peace to be reminded once again that God is with me always – loving me, not judging me.

Every day we are probably faced with issues that we wish we had done or handled differently. If you are sitting in anger, guilt, or resentment over the past, maybe it’s time to allow it to be transformed. Do you really think you were alone in the painful situation or the hurtful act? God was there. Adding this awareness to our painful memories helps us heal because now we are healing the real source of our hurt: the feeling that we could be separate from God.

The presence of God is like a good friend. We feel so much better when we are able to sit down with a good friend and talk. The friend doesn’t have to say anything – in fact, it is probably better when they don’t. The fact that they are there listening tells us they love us and care much more than any words.

God is always with us. I have seen that firsthand over the years. There were moments that I felt His presence so strongly, and other times when I felt alone. But, was I alone? Or was I just unwilling to experience His love? I can be willing now, though. I can know that God is with me everywhere I go. He is not distant just because I have chosen to distance myself from His love. He simply waits for me to change my mind.

For the month of June, the thought in the Prayer Ministry is: “I walk with God in perfect holiness.” (W-156) Let us use this lesson as a reminder of the fact that whether we have distanced ourselves from God’s love, God has never distanced Himself from us. As workbook lesson 156 from A Course in Miracles tells us:

“‘Who walks with me?’ This question should be asked a thousand times a day, till certainty has ended doubting and established peace. Today let doubting cease. God speaks for you in answering your question with these words: I walk with God in perfect holiness. I light the world, I light my mind and all the minds which God created one with me.”

May you feel God’s love. And, if you ever doubt this, please know that we at the Center are here in loving gratitude for your presence in our lives.

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