God Is All

Gwen Eagleton

Gwen Eagleton is the newest of soloists sharing the position with Rebecca Minor at The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston – the Mother Church and world-wide headquarters of the religion.

Julia Wade held that position by herself for seven years and ended her great adventure just three years ago.

As it turns out, Gwen lives just down the road a piece from us here out in the hinter lands of New jersey, so it seemed only natural to invite her to sing on Julia’s album. But what would these two inspirational ladies sing about?

What else but high minded spiritual concepts?

At the end of each Sunday service in a Christian Science church Mary Baker Eddy’s Scientific Statement of being is always read from the podium. This statement may be the most famous writing of Mrs. Eddy’s work. The first half of the quote is this:

There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter.

All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.

Growing up as a Christian Scientist, I have probably repeated this statement both for its clarification of my own being and also as a prayer tens of thousands of times. My favorite part is the second of the sentences above. If true, it is as powerful a concept as any ever made.

As a child, growing up in the religion, of course it was true. It’s what we always said in church. But as I grew older, and presumably wiser, and absolutely more skeptical of the myriad of ideas that came my way regarding God and my being, I began to challenge this statement as well.

Not to prove anyone wrong, but rather make sure that I was understanding what I preached or taught or thought.

I have always been a seeker and have had a lifetime of explorations into many of the worlds leading religions and philosophies. I consider myself, at heart, a Christian Scientist and am a member of its church, and my thinking is always open to new ideas, new language, and new ways of insight into the great truths of existence.

Though a member of a church, I’m basically an anti-religious type guy. I definitely prefer the term spiritual seeker and feel that the basic differences between most great religions lies in the separation created by language and its ingredient confusions.

But that’s another day’s blogging …

The fact that Mrs. Eddy states that “… God is All-in-all” is never-endingly fascinating and curious to me – both at the same time. I’ve gone around and around on it for hours at a time considering its implications to my own life and existence and also the impact of this statement on the matter world as we know it.

Simply said, I do not take this sentence lightly.

So why not write a song about it?

And then on top of that, give it to two of the great musical leaders of that church to sing?

What a concept!

Eagle On The Water

God Is All

Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

In the allness of all

God is all

God is good

All is goodness

 

In the allness of all

God is love

Love is God

All is love

 

In the allness of all

God is life

Life is all

Life is eternal

 

How can all these things be true at the same time,

In the same breath

In the same moment?

A most perplexing synchronicity of coincidence

 

How can allness be one thing

And at the same time be another?

How can this be possible?

 

Because God is all

And ev’ry idea is of God

Because God is the compound idea

Of all things perfect and true

That includes me and you

Now what on Earth are we all gonna do

With this piece of information?

 

In the allness of all

God is all

God is peace

All is peaceful

 

In the allness of all

We are all

In the palm

Of God’s hand

 

And when each of us falls

God is there

In our life

God is everywhere

 

So how is it that we can fall at the same time

God is with us

In the same moment?

A most perplexing antithetical of coincidence

How can imperfection be

When at the same time God is perfect?

How can this be possible?

 

Because God is all

And this fact is simply all there is

And with all of the rest just illusion

We spend life tryin’ to break through

This includes me and you

Now what on Earth are we all gonna do

With this piece of information?

 

Just hold on to the thought

That God is always

With you

Over you

Around you

And through

The Kingdom of God is in you

Just choose it

 

Just hold on to the thought

That God is always

With you

Over you

Around you

And through

The allness of God is in you

Just choose it

 

Just hold on to the thought

That God is always

With you

Over you

Around you

And through

The allness of God is in you

Just choose it

 

Just hold on to the thought …

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