What Does Your Soul Say?


Did you ever inherently know something – even if you didn’t understand it – you just knew it in your bones?  I think something like that happened to me on Sunday. 

I’ve often heard the words spirit and soul used interchangeably and entangled in such a way as to mean the same thing, but they’re not.  I believe every person has a soul and a spirit because in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Paul separates the two:

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Certainly he is not telling the Holy Spirit to be blameless, so we must have both a spirit and a soul as well as the Holy Spirit (if you’re Christian).

Before I get too off track, let me mention that John Ortberg spoke at our church this weekend.  I was excited to hear him because I’d just finished his book Who Is This Man? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus (Zondervan, 2012) which I thoroughly enjoyed … but before he took the platform, we had communion.

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As I’ve matured in my Christianity the taking of communion has become a very solemn and special occasion where I am reminded of the Lord’s great love for me by leaving His throne and dying on a cross for me. 

But this past Sunday, I had the oddest sensation.  As the pastor leading us in communion spoke about the body and the bread and the wine and the blood, I started to wonder …

What if, when we take communion, our soul is spiritually reconnecting with God … our Father and our Christ … by reestablishing our connection with Him through this ritual? 

After all, didn’t our souls know Him before we were born?  In Jeremiah 1:5(a) we hear: 

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;  

God appointed (or set apart) Jeremiah to be a prophet, just as He appointed me to write and counsel and you to … what?  He knows the plans He has for us. (Jeremiah 29:11a).

So as I jotted these thoughts down on a piece of paper after communion, you can imagine my surprise when Pastor Ortberg steps up and starts talking about the soul.  The Soul!

Was the Holy Spirit at work that day?

I’ve never once associated the holy sacrament of communion with my soul.  But that day, as I was in prayer and partaking of the body and the blood of my Savior, my soul was humming, vibrating with a divine connection that I hadn’t been aware of previously.

Too far out there?  Perhaps.  But I’m glad I have this forum to explore these things with you.

Thanks for listening!

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4 responses »

  1. Not too far for my taste! I have heard it said, we are spirit being who possess a soul and live in a body. Perhaps that is to segmented, but I love what you say here – communion draws them together. I love to think of the Lord walking in a body which was wholly given to the will of the Father and united with spirit and soul.

    On another note – it would help us, your devoted followers, to have a subscribe by email link. I was missing your updates and had to go to the WP reader and change the settings to notify me by email. The subscribe you list only puts you in the reader, and i prefer have stuff pushed to me. Feel free to delete this half of the comment if you like.

    Keep shining sis.

    • Thanks for your comment Ben, I knew you would “go there” with me!
      PS: I JUST now found that button! What a dolt! Thank you so much for looking out for me – I appreciate it
      Thanks a bunch! XO

  2. Something similar happened to me… kinda freaked me out. I’d been dreaming about a friend of mine all weekend… the dreams themselves were innocuous, but there was an aching feeling to them, a melancholy and loneliness that was out of place. I don’t like to touch people often, but when i finally saw this friend, i immediately asked them what was wrong. When they confessed something to me that they were struggling with, i felt compelled to hug them and i did. When I put my arms around them, i felt this hum throughout my whole body, like I was standing on a subwoofer. They did not feel the hum, but knew how hard it was for me to hug them. This is a friend I genuinely love, but physical contact for me has alwsys been difficult and leaves me feeling especially vulnerable. I feel like i was called to comfort this friend. What is your take?

    • I think you were called to comfort your friend too. Sometimes God pushes us outside of our comfort zones in order to do His work here on Earth. I’m glad you obeyed Him and hugged your friend. It’s highly likely, knowing how hard it is for you to have physical contact, that your friend was doubly blessed – once by your hug and again by what sounds like the flow of spirit between you. Your story brings tears to my eyes, JoLeRoAd. I’m so happy God was able to use you to comfort your friend. I hope you know just how important that incident was!
      Happy New Year and thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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