"God is with me. I live and move in Him."
Again we are brought to the Presence of God, without words, in quiet. Our only awareness is of God, His Name upon our lips.
What does it mean to "live and move" in God? This is the message that the Apostle Paul brought to the Athenians, speaking of the "unknown God," and saying that "in Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:16-28). The lesson speaks of the omnipresence of God--that God is everywhere and everywhen. In beautiful imagery, the lesson turns our thoughts to the all-pervading Presence, never apart from us, "nearer than hands and feet," as the Bible says.
This is imagery and not (in my opinion) literal. If the world is illusion, as the Course has so often said, He is not literally "the water which renews and cleanses me" (1:3). It speaks of our spiritual reality, where we really are. God is the reality of all things in which we look to the world for sustenance, the true Source of our life. We think we live in the world, but we live in God. We think our body contains our life, but He is our life. We think we breathe air, but we breathe Him. God is our true food and our true drink, our true home. We do not live and move in the world; we live and move in God.
Reading this lesson aloud is an excellent exercise. Or turning the first part into a prayer: "You are the Source of my life...You are my home..." Use these words at the start of your practice period to set your mind into a consciousness of being immersed in and filled with God, kept in His loving care. Then, be still, and let yourself sink into that Presence, to rest with Him in peace a while.
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