Tuesday, November 15, 2011


This piece was written more than 10 years ago but the phrase the US in TRUST has once again been running through my mind. Many things have changed in my life and in the world since then but it’s always interesting to notice that some things don’t really ever change all that much. 


Did you ever notice the word US sitting inside the word TRUST?

For some unknown reason, that thought popped into my head in the middle of the night last night and kept running around my mind like a broken record.

In the morning, I was awakened by a phone call telling me that a 38-year old woman I knew had become seriously ill without warning, was on life support and not expected to live. The news shook me to my core. I called a Prayer Line for support for the woman, her husband and myself.

Then I began contemplating … about life and death and the US in TRUST.

In recent months, I have become increasingly aware of the fact that I have some major issues … deeply-rooted issues … around the idea of trust and for any number of reasons tend for the most part … Not to trust … myself or anything/anyone else for that matter.

The result is to always be filled with a certain sense (sometimes more, sometimes less) of doubt … uncertainty … separation … to never actually feel that I walk through life with any sense of surefootedness but rather cloaked in this wobbly, shaky, isolated, tentative feeling. Just another way of saying FEAR, I guess.

But now with this middle of the night message followed by the early morning call and my call for prayer help … I am sitting here overcome with a strong sense of calm and the seedling of a thought germinating within me that there is indeed a divine partnership of which we are all part … there is most definitely an US in TRUST.

And I can cloak myself in that feeling if I choose. I am not alone … unless I 

choose to see it that way. I do not have to live from a base of fear and uncertainty … unless I forget to remember the Truth. And it really is not a very complicated thing to do … to shift my perception … to refocus my gaze. It can be done in a moment … in the “blink of an eye.” But at the same time … it is not always such an easy thing to do either … with this life as it is … with all the challenges it brings.

But do it I can … do it we can … and do it we must … it would certainly seem to be God’s will for us in the first place …

And although the world at large seems to be very much in that wobbly, tottering isolated position at the present time … as each one of us … one by one … moment by moment … remembers the US in TRUST … we can all relax just a bit more … let go just a bit more … and the world can begin to be a lighter, brighter, more surefooted place for all of US.

©2011 Susan Schanerman

1 comment:

Evelyn said...

Just what I needed to hear today. Thank you
Knowing that there is US helps me feel loved.