Soul Food

I am certainly one who genuinely adores soul food, but today’s meditation is not about that kind of food.

In every individual is a kind and gentle soul. Each of us is born with an ingrained goodness of spirit, placed there by God.
The problem is that world begins to build a shell around that gentleness right after birth and it gets thicker year after year. Worldly concerns, tragedy, and the mere crush of demands and noise feed the shell, and we don’t do what we need to feed the gentle soul encased inside. Other individuals hardened by years and bad experiences feed and harden the shell as well.
We each are called to rediscover that soul and gentle spirit within each and every one of us. The food that accomplishes our purpose is not more money, more possessions, or worldly acclaim.
We feed our soul with prayer, meditation, silence, thought, and service. None of this “soul food’ costs a dime, and yet the recovery of one’s gentleness makes us richer than King Solomon.

Who Do You Trust?

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. — Psalm 118: 8-9

Probably not many of you remember a TV game show called “Who Do You Trust.” It aired in the afternoons and its famous for introducing two characters to TV — Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon of the Tonight Show fame.
The Psalmist tells us to take “refuge in the Lord” rather than to trust man or princes. It’s a warning we often fail to heed, and then we are disappointed when man and princes prove not to be worthy of our trust.
We are over a year away from electing a new President. We will hear countless promises over the next year, and we will hear hundreds of pleas to trust in a certain man or woman wanting to become our nation’s prince or princess.
It is better “to take refuge in the Lord.”

God’s Grace

Do you know anyone that has such a deep seated inferiority complex they are difficult to be around? Whatever they say or do is never good enough. You want to say, “No one is as bad as you think you are? Lighten up!

I have known people who have actually turned from God because they think they are not worthy of his love. Well most of us are not worthy of God’s love, but that’s missing the point. This is exactly where God’s grace comes in. He offers us his love unconditionally regardless of our worth.
And what about our friend. We owe it to him/her to say, “I love you in spite of what you think of yourself, so get over it and on with your life.”

Immigration

… he gave power to to become children of God, who were born, not of blood, or the will of the flesh or the will of man, but of God. — John 1:12-13.

Perhaps all the candidates who are demonizing immigrants need to take a step back and read John’s gospel. We are all God’s children. Our son and daughter-ship does not depend on who our parents are, or where we were born, and we cannot earn it. We are all his children by God’s grace fully given to each and every one of us. Every discussion about immigration, about citizenship, and about rights needs to begin with an acknowledgement that each and every one of us is not only a citizen of the world created by God, but we are all his children. Children who were “born, not of blood, or the will of the flesh or the will of man, but of God.”