Thoughts on Week 28, Ch. 15, XI. Christmas as the End of Sacrifice

“This Christmas give the Holy Spirit everything that would hurt you. Let yourself be healed completely that you may join with Him in healing, and let us celebrate our release together by releasing everyone with us.”

This is the joy that unfurls as I direct all fear to the Holy Spirit. I desire not to leave one spot of pain behind. What does it serve? What can it bring me but sadness to ruminate over others’ grievances? If their grievance about me agitates me then who is doing the ruminating but me? I must own it first then I give that gift to the Holy Spirit so it may be erased from my holy mind.

I pray:

“I give you to the Holy Spirit as part of myself.

I know that you will be released, unless I want to use you to imprison myself.

In the name of freedom I choose your release, because I recognize that we will be released together.”

These are holy words, yet they activate the holiness when I use them accordingly as directed. These words mean more than what they stand for on the page in front of me. I sincerely take the action of releasing that grievance whether it is of myself or someone else and I actively choose freedom.

I appreciate this process. I choose to use it every Christmas for our Christmas service but it is beyond just a once a year use. It is to be used daily, nay, every minute, every time I choose imprisonment for us both.

I see this happen not only with myself but many a Course student. They hold the grudges and place the blame elsewhere thinking they are “practicing the Course.” Practicing the Course means just that. We examine every thought, every value, and every grievance and then give it away. In that, it is a most holy gift we give to the world.


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