How you relate to the issue is the issue.
(Dr. Ron Hulnick)
I have been on a three week hiatus from blogging. Why, you might ask?
Here’s the story . . .
I took off for California (from our home in Colorado) after I received a phone call from a police officer saying that my mother’s home had been broken into. My mother passed on in 2012 and her husband died this year. I am the trustee of their family trust, and I needed to act quickly. The first thing I did was ask Spirit for help and then changed the locks on the house.
The following three weeks were spent clearing and cleaning the house, putting it on the market, selling two cars, and meeting with accountants and attorneys. Whew, it was a lot!! I was mentally, emotionally, and physically challenged.
Why am I writing about this? What relevance does it have in a spiritual/metaphysical blog? One might say, “this is no big deal, people settle estates every day with similar challenges." Answer: It was a big deal, and this is how I worked with it,
Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy p. 444:10)
I realized my strength was in God by reflection. It required that I be in the “moment." It was God who was already present to alert the neighbors there were people breaking into the house, not me. It was God that I turned to inwardly to feel peace when the feeling of being overwhelmed seemed present. I was learning to trust God, His ever-presence and all-power. After all, this was a “trust issue."
Another favorite passage I used, and took to heart, is from Miscellaneous
Writings, also written by Mary Baker Eddy,
A little more grace, a motive made pure, a few truths tenderly told, a heart softened, a character subdued, a life consecrated, would restore the right action of the mental mechanism, and make manifest the movement of body and soul in accord with God. (p. 354:15)
Isn’t this a wonderful statement?! It’s really a prayer to be more God-like, even in challenging situations when grace and humility are needed most. I used this passage, again, to be in “the moment”. To allow divine Love to use me to bring grace to the seeming human upheaval. My intentions and motives each day were pure, and I only allowed myself to see everyone’s goodness, including mine.
When there were instructions to be given, I’d give them tenderly and deliberately, speaking to others in a way I would like to be spoken to.
What happened next? Hearts softened and the Christ was felt by all involved. Ego and false character traits yielded to the harmony and humility that comes from God.
After returning home from a very busy time, I felt satisfied that Spirit was at the helm of all our activity. So much had been accomplished with our hands in God’s.
I feel my mother and step-father would be very happy with a job well done, knowing their instructions were carried out with love and principle.
The issue seemed to be about a feeling of being overwhelmed. I chose to relate to the issue with compassion and grace to all concerned.
Thank you for this opportunity, God.
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Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into
newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.”
~ Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures,
by Mary Baker Eddy