Lesson 365 • December-31

This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction gives me peace.


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The last lesson of the year! But certainly not, I hope, our last holy instant. I find myself, as the New Year approaches, thinking of this lesson in terms of "This holy year would I give to You." Ah, I really feel that resonating within, finding a common tone echoing from a deep, perpetual longing.

The epilogue, as I was saying yesterday, talks about how our journey continues after the formal study of the Workbook with a continuing walk with the Holy Spirit as Guide through what may yet be a very long journey. The second point that the epilogue makes strongly is that the end of the journey is certain:

You are as certain of arriving home as is the pathway of the sun laid down before it rises, after it has set, and in the half-lit hours in between. Indeed, your pathway is more certain still. (2:1-2)

We can "walk with Him, as certain as is He of where you go; as sure as He of how you should proceed; as confident as He is of the goal, and of your safe arrival in the end" (4:6). I think that often my feelings of "How much longer is this going to take?" really translate into suppressed fears of "Am I ever going to arrive home?" We convert the length of time into a witness to the idea that we'll never make it. If I really knew that my pathway is as certain as the sun, and more, I could "travel light and journey lightly" (T-13.VII.13:4) no matter how long it takes.

I think the attitude the Course encourages in us is:

1. To hold on to this certainty that arriving home is guaranteed,

2. While at the same time being completely unconcerned with how long it may take.

The Text tells us that how long is only a matter of time, and time is just an illusion. It asks us not to be restless, and points out that being restless on a journey to peace is rather inconsistent.

The end is certain, and the means as well. To this we say "Amen." (5:1-2)

Let me say "Amen" as well. "Yes, so be it, and so it is." Why is the end so sure? We have the Holy Spirit with us. "And He will speak for God and for your Self, thus making sure that hell will claim you not, and that each choice you make brings Heaven nearer to your reach" (5:4). He is the guarantee. His presence makes the ending sure. And He is certain because He knows the end depends on us, and nothing is more certain than a Son of God.

We go homeward to an open door which God has held unclosed to welcome us. (5:7)

Ah, what a beautiful picture! I could have called my booklet The Journey Home by that title: Homeward to an Open Door. Thank You, God, for the open door.

God's angels hover near and all about. His Love surrounds you, and of this be sure; that I will never leave you comfortless. (6:7-8)

What more do we need? The Holy Spirit is in us. Angels hover near and all about. God's Love surrounds us, and Jesus promises: I will never leave you comfortless.

Can you get a sense of that as this year comes to a close? Can you close your eyes for a moment and feel Them all around you? Can you realize the holiness of this moment, the birth of Christ in you now moving out into the world to transform it with light? They are here, and They are watching, and as Jesus often says in the Course, They give you thanks for your willingness to open to the light. Let us, then, as the year ends, give Them thanks for giving this light to us.

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