I Do Not Walk Alone
by Nancy Bowers, RScP
“Little child, you are hiding your head under the cover of the heavy blankets you have laid upon yourself. You are hiding your nightmares in the darkness of your own false certainty, and refusing to open your eyes and look at them.” A Course in Miracles, T-12.II.4
“A little while and you will see me, for I am not hidden because you are hiding. I will awaken you as surely as I awakened myself, for I awoke for you. In my resurrection is your release. Our mission is to escape from crucifixion, not from redemption. Trust in my help, for I did not walk alone, and I will walk with you as our Father walked with me. Do you not know that I walked with Him in peace? And does not that mean that peace goes with us on the journey?” Jesus’ reassurance from A Course in Miracles, T-12.II.7
There is but One and that One is Love. I call this One God and when I allow the Truth of what that means to sneak past my worries, I am swept away by the Purity of It. I merge into that Love. I allow it to define me. For God, the Father, is a Love so all-encompassing that Its Essence blows me away. In that Presence, I feel the Oneness. In the Presence, I see the Christ in all my brothers and sisters. In that Presence, possibility soars for I remember that Love and, in that remembrance, I am safe. I do not walk alone, for I am never alone.
I am one with Love. When I remember that, the Goodness and Generosity of God soothe me. I recognize that all my fears are but my mind lying to me. I have been hiding under the covers, frightened by nightmares and refusing to open my eyes. My mind whispered stories of disaster and by believing them, I doubted my Father’s Love and silenced the Holy Spirit’s voice within. In being sidetracked by my own small world, so preoccupied by the future, I forgot my oneness. I forgot that Jesus walks beside me, and therefore, I scared myself.
But in this moment, I call myself back to the present and that Presence of the Divine. I rest in the comfort of Jesus. I remember that I do not walk alone. I am soothed by the Love of God. I am blessed. I remember that I came here to extend Love, to echo the Father’s Love out into the world. I see the goodness in my fellow man. I recognize that everything that appears to be lack of love is, in fact, a call for Love and so I ask myself, “How would Love respond? What would Love do?” and then I listen to the Holy Spirit, and act as I am directed.
This holiday season, amid the hustle and the bustle of a world that sometimes forgets that Christmas is not about the stuff, I consciously choose to walk in Love. I consciously choose to look beyond all bad behavior and see with Christ’s vision, to witness the call for love. “What would love do?” I allow that to guide me. Will you join me in this practice? Will you remember how deeply loved and supported you are?
Let Christ guide you back to love and join me in giving thanks that we never walk alone. I rejoice in the Goodness of God. I rejoice in the remembrance of a Love so total what it eliminates all darkness forever. I rejoice and allow God’s Love to sweep me into Heaven.
Thank you, God. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Holy Spirit. In You, I glimpse Heaven. In peace, I allow Love to claim my soul and guide my life. Then I let go. And so, it is.