"I need but call and You will answer me."
This reminds me of a Bible verse in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah (33:3): "Call unto me, and I will answer thee."
The basic thought of the lesson seems to be, "Here are God's promises; try them, and prove to yourself that He means what He says." It tells us we can "learn from...experience that this is true" (1:3). It suggests that we take God's promises and "test them out" (2:1).
I know that my confidence in the Course has increased over the years and continues to increase as I continue to test out its promises. It gives us pretty explicit instructions for Workbook practice, and promises that it will change the way we think about everyone and everything in the world. It promises peace of mind. It promises release from guilt. And what I am finding is, that as I make a sincere effort to DO what it tells me to do, I experience what it says I will experience. In short: it works.
We can sit around judging the propositions of the Course until we are blue in the face, discussing whether or not the Course will work as it says, and we will learn nothing. But if we try it, if we test it out, if we practice what it says to practice, we will inevitably find out that it does work, and our conviction of its truth will grow unshakeable.
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