ARLENE EXPLAINS THE TITLE OF HER BOOK
In the summer of 1971, I faced a surgery in the which I was to have a tumor removed from my pituitary gland. It was pressing on my optic nerves, and causing me to lose some of my sight. At that time my husband, Rev. Howard E.Wright from Brazil, Indiana, was pastoring the Church of the Nazarene in Olivia, Minnesota. This was about 100miles from Minneapolis where I had the surgery. As I read my Bible during those days, just before my surgery, I read the words "THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY" from Hebrews 1:3. These words stayed with me and although my thinking was not too clear at the time, they burned their way into my soul. Later I could not remember where I heard them or read them. During those days, before and after my surgery, I fully realized the marvelous BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY. We had walked through the valley of the shadow of death together, but all I saw was His Glory. As I felt His presence He reassured me I would live through the surgery and continue to serve Him. It has now been over 20 years, and I am still seeing His glorious GLORY as we are walking together.
BY HOWARD EUGENE WRIGHT (ARLENE'S FELLOW PILGRIM FOR 28 YEARS)
You would have thought with all of the problems Arlene went through she would have been downcast. Such was not the case. She keep the faith and the victory right down to the last. She went very peacefully into "The Brightness of His Glory" on November 28, 1995 at 7:40 P.M.
Arlene lived what she preached. She loved the Lord with all of her heart mind, soul and strength. The last two years of her life were filled with a lot of pain. She fell in a hospital on February 24, 1993. Five weeks later, after getting out of that hospital and going to another one, we discovered she had a compound fractured hip. She never did fully recover from this. She was mostly bed fast. She was in various hospitals some 15 to 17 times after this. This never stopped her from doing what she could. She was an accomplished pianist and would go play for the church services when she could barely motivate. Her last sermon was on October 8, 1995 in the morning worship service. This was a little over a month and one half before she went into "The Brightness of His Glory." She preached on the "I Am's of Jesus!" What a message. During this time it looked like she was on her way up. Her strength was coming back. She had graduated to a four prong cane. She was beginning to feel better. She was able to do more. We were encourage with her progress. Then she got pneumonia and had two more hospital stays before she went to be with the Lord.
Arlene was a real pray warrior. She had a long prayer list she went through every day. She loved God's Word. She lived to preach and witness for Jesus. She had a real influence on the people at the various hospitals she went to. She would tell them how wonderful Jesus was to her and get them talking about their experiences and cares. She would pray for them when she was so sick she could hardly talk. The nurses, at the hospital she was at the most, dearly loved her. She was always kind to them regardless of how sick she was. They treated her like a queen.
Arlene's funeral was not a sad occasion. It was a time of celebration. A time when one of God's children went to be with Him. God was there in a wonderful way. We were all blessed with His presence. It was His way of saying,"Arlene is all right. She is here with Me."
GOD ONLY TAKES THE BEST
God saw that she was getting tired,
And a cure was not to be,
So He put His arms around her
and whispered "Come with Me"--
With tearful eyes we watched
Her suffer and fade away--
Although we loved her dearly,
We could not make her stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands were laid to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
sent to pastor Wright by Retta Sheeley
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PICTURES OF ARLENE AND HER FAMILY
ORDINATION SERVICE AND MOTHER AND FATHER
These pictures will help you see Arlene in the various times in her life. May the Lord bless you as she tells you how God turned a, what some would call a curse, into the BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY.