Rev. Arlene’s Blog

Rev. Arlene Meyer, our Minister, posts mid-week messages on this blog. Come back often to read her inspiring and thought-provoking posts. Learn more about her.

In the tears and the laughter

When I was a young child, I thought God was some being up in the sky. Consequently, I could not figure out how he could look out for me and still be able to take care of everyone else.  It was so impossible to imagine that I used such reasoning as proof that there was no God because no one Being could be in all places at once.

As an adult after spending time with New Thought authors like Emmett Fox and Eric Butterworth, I began to understand that God was not a person, God was not a being, that God was a Presence that is everywhere present.

That means that God is in the good and the not-so-good.   God is in the joy and in the sorrow, in the light, and in the dark.  God is in life and in death.

I certainly doubted that as I watched my beloved soul mate, Christopher, struggle and suffer in the last couple of weeks of his life.  I began to wonder where God was. It wasn’t until the suffering was over that I knew that God was there allowing us to spend our last moments just as we had gotten through all our past challenges, together – loving each other, supporting each other, and comforting each other.

It would be nice if we didn’t have to go through the heartaches and challenges of life, but as Christopher use to tell me, God is Creator, Maintainer, and Destroyer.  Nothing is permanent in this world except God and so we have to release and let go, no matter how much it breaks our hearts.  Because God is in the tears we shed as well as the laughter we share.

Quote of the Week

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?”

Psalm 139, v. 7.

Living One Day At A Time

The one fact of life is that no matter how you try to control things, life has a way of throwing you a curve.  More often than not, it seems to come out of the left field when least expected.

My brother-in-law always did the food shopping for the house.  One day he went out to do the shopping as usual however, he fell in the parking lot (no one knows why). Someone saw him go down and called 911.  He never regained consciousness and three days later he died.

My sister and her husband would have been married 56 years this August.  They lived in the same house for 55 of those years and my brother-in-law taught at the same school his whole teaching career.

The point of this story is that no matter what we do to try and control our lives, in truth, we only have one day at a time.  When we do live trying to determine what happens, we only get frustrated and filled with anger and resentment.

Life is too short.  We need to remember to take time to “smell the roses”, to tell the people we love that we love them, and to remember we are all on this earth only temporarily so let us appreciate and enjoy all that comes our way, living in gratitude, one day at a time and, if needed, one hour or a minute at a time.

Quote of the Week

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” 
Maya Angelou

Still, I will Trust

One of my favorite gospel songs is entitled, “Still I will Trust You”.  The song is about trusting the  God of your understanding even when it is not easy when every cell in your body wants to just scream or cry.  That is easy to say but often not easy to do.

It is easy to trust a Higher Power when everything in your life is going well.  Then believing in a God that is good and wants only good for you is a “walk in the park”.  But what about those dark nights of the soul when it’s a challenge to believe that what is going on in your life is not only God’s will but is good.

Those are the times your faith is challenged and it is easy to feel like you are walking alone through life.  If we can hold on during those times to the belief that whether we like our reality or not, to “still Trust You (God)”.

To have those times of doubt or fear is human, that this spiritual journey is one of progress, not perfection. And most importantly, to not deny those human times but understand they are part of our journey as much as the times of spiritual awareness. 

Quote of the Week

“While the storm rages on, and I can’t find my way
still, I will trust You, Lord”

“Still I will trust You”, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Five Elements of Holy Week

I hope everyone had a good holiday – Easter, Passover, or the onset of Spring.  Maybe the whole Easter week seems not in alignment with your belief in a loving and caring God.  How can we reconcile this story with the God of our understanding?

Years ago I found an explanation of the events of “Holy Week” that made sense to me and which I could apply to my own life. 

Metaphysically, the Easter story contains five elements that can also be found in my life and possibly yours. The five elements are 1: the arrest, 2: the trial, 3: the execution, 4: the resurrection, and 5: the ascension. So how do these elements appear in our lives?

The Arrest – When we set a goal for some greater good in our lives, it is usually a matter of time before we are, like Jesus,  arrested by negative thoughts and appearances. By being arrested we are imprisoned by our own “stinking thinking”.

The Trial – When we are put on trial we are challenged to hold fast, as Jesus held fast, to our vision of greater good unfolding. That takes not just faith but trust in a Loving God that wants only our highest and best for us.

The Execution – We must totally let go, in other words, die to the old fears and attitudes that have kept us from moving into our freer life. 

The Resurrection – From this death, this letting go, the new is born and resurrection, a new life,  cannot help but result from it. 

The Ascension – As your new life unfolds, you ascend into a higher state of consciousness that is reflected in your body, mind, and circumstances.

This resurrection principle applies to the simple, daily needs of our lives and it applies to your life as a whole.  It is a spiritual journey of our ever-unfolding consciousness.

Once we understand this process, we realize that even though everything ends including our lives, nothing is gone forever.  As a result, we no longer fear endings, for we understand that the Christ that rose from the dead can also arise within us all.

Quote of the Week

“There is no coming to consciousness without pain.”
Carl Jung

A Busy Week

For Christians all over the world, this week is Holy Week.  For Jews, Friday begins their holiday,  Passover, and next week is Earth Day for all who respect and celebrate this earth we call home.

These weeks, like their season, are all about rebirth, renewal, rejuvenation, and life!  However, for new beginnings to happen, there first must be endings.  In fact, one thing that Spring and Easter have in common is that each reminds us that preceding life and much beauty, there is often darkness and despair first.

But like Spring, often the greatest beauty occurs because of the harsh winter that precedes it.  For Easter, there is no resurrection without crucifixion, and for Passover, there is no leaving Egypt without the 10 plagues. 

This time of the year take a lesson from the caterpillar and know that it is only by letting go of the old that the new can be birthed into something more beautiful than can ever be imagined.

Quote of the Week

“If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can’t help but learn.”                                        

Bernie Siegel, MD