God’s peace and joy are mine.
Fundamental to the thought system A Course in Miracles teaches is the idea that by giving we gain. As the world sees it, to give is to lose while the receiver gains. A Course in Miracles insists that everyone gains.
If we buy into the world’s understanding of gifts, then we will think that God’s peace and joy are commodities that we can own and that while we own them, others can’t. We might share them; we might lend them out. But they do belong to us.
By asking us to focus on this aspect of gift-giving, the course gently invites us to realize again that we are not bodies, and that our identity is yoked to the extension of love in communion with all. It is only when we accept this love that we know what we are in truth; it is only when we accept this love that we have anything meaningful to share.
Today’s accept God’s peace and joy as yours. Let Him complete Himself as He defines completion . . . He cannot give through loss. No more can you (W-pI.105.5:1-2, 4-5).
In other words, that which completes God – which makes God, God – is also that which complete’s God’s Creation (W-pI.105.5:3). It is only as we remember that we are not apart from God, that God is made whole and radiates love, joy and peace for all life.
Thus, we do not have enemies. We cannot have them. To hold a brother or sister apart from salvation is to deny salvation’s existence, because salvation is accepting our brother and sister as our very own self.
God’s Will for us is joy and peace. When we accept that God is made whole by our acceptance, and that those gifts can only be extended as a condition of what God is, then we will remember our own holiness, our own truth.
When we give to our brothers and sisters, we are given in return a blessing, and we are gifted by our brothers and sisters, then we give them a blessing. This is the way of love; this is the way we remember our Self.