by Greg Mackie
There is a beautiful personal message inserted on a separate page into the original dictation of what is now Text Chapter 11 of our the Complete and Annotated Edition of A Course in Miracles. This passage appears to have been intended for Helen, and likely gave her counsel about how to approach her relationship with Bill or her husband, Louis:
Love him steadily, whatever he does, whatever he says, and he will see the miracle of God and you will learn of salvation. If this seems hard to do, remember it is what you want of me. (T-11.IX.10:7-8)
All of us can think of relationships in our lives where this counsel would be helpful, can we not? As I think about the relationships in my life, especially those in which I'm not as loving as I could be (which I have to admit is all of them), these lines give me powerful food for thought:
Love him steadily, whatever he does, whatever he says. How often does my love waver and even turn to anger based on what someone says or does-especially when it wounds my fragile ego or goes against my perceived self-interest? Wouldn't it be wonderful to love steadily, no matter what?
And he will see the miracle of God and you will learn of salvation. Loving steadily will enable me to extend a miracle to those I love, and this will enable me to experience salvation for myself. Wouldn't it be a joy to become the miracle worker the Course wants me to become, and receive the priceless gift of being free of the petty ego that has kept me from loving steadily?
If this seems hard to do, remember it is what you want of me. At times it seems hard to love steadily, especially when someone says or does those things that I find especially "outrageous." But how hard can it really be to love steadily, when all that is asked of me is that I love others in the same unwavering and unconditional way that I would like Jesus to love me in spite of all the "outrageous" things I say and do?
These reflections have inspired me to devote myself to learning how to love others more deeply than I ever have before. In fact, as we enter into a new year, I'm going to make "Love them steadily" a new year's resolution. How about you?
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