2nd Corinthians 4: 16 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18 because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
May the peace, grace and love of our Heavenly Mother be with you.
"Patrick, how is it with your soul today?" A question posed to me by a rabbi at perhaps the lowest, most desolate time of my life. "How is it with your soul?" got right to the heart of the issue. Most unfortunately, the answer to that question at that time was, "Dead."
Ever feel a similar way? Empty inside? Simply spent and exhausted from all which has come your way? Beat down internally from all which is happening externally beyond your control.
Often times, our souls can be thermometers or barometers measuring the factors which lie outside of us. While engaging in stressful relationships at home, work, church or school; or a heightened anxiety related to stability of employment and financial situations or as in my cases, battling with physical dis-ease or a despairing diagnosis. Many external factors can all bring about troubled and turbulent souls.
Which is why the statement found in 2nd Corinthians 4: "16So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day" seems so contradictory. Outer nature starved, inner nature fed; body broken, soul blessed; external circumstances perplexed, internal situation peaceful. The challenge is for our inner nature to set its own 'temperature' and not have it set by external factors.
The reality for me, when I was asked about the state of my spiritual well-being I was in the midst of my worse health crisis, suffering from a collapsed lung and overwhelming odds of recovering. Indeed, the breaks were breaking me down.
However, at the same time, I have to admit I was not tending to my soul. All the attention was focused on my physical well-being and I had neglected the care of my essence. It was actually through the invitation of my rabbi friend, that I notice God present in the midst of my suffering and feed the need of my soul.
So, how is your soul today? What practices do we have in place to nourish and sustain us along the journey of faith? Here are the ones taught and practiced at Journey of Faith Church:
Read the Bible daily
Serve one another at Journey of Faith and our neighbors all around.
Build spiritual friendships
Be Generous in your giving
Take care of yourself by caring for your soul. It is in this way, we do not lose heart but the Sacred Spirit leads us forward.
Love, Pastor G