I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear.
With shedding the ego goes our fears and what wells up in its place is the awareness of God’s Unconditional Love for us. Giving up the ego with its manipulative fears is really no sacrifice so in today’s lesson the word “sacrifice” is put in ironic quotation marks.
In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested, in step eleven, that we improve our conscious contact with the God of our understanding through prayer and meditation. Great idea. When we do this it brings peace and a sense of well being.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning which takes us to the “sacrifice” of our ego and its fears. This leads us to the acceptance of one another and the encouragement to spiritual growth.
Today, it is suggested that we give up the things of our ego and its concomitant fears. What will take its place? An awareness of God’s unconditional love for us.