by Teaching Pastor Jason Miller
Awhile ago one of my roommates told me about a preacher he heard on the radio that day. The preacher had said, “Our bodies and souls are so connected, they catch each other’s diseases.” I think he was saying that if we do something destructive with our bodies, it will affect us in ways that go deeper than our skin. And if the deep parts of us are sick, that sickness may find its way to the surface of our lives. I think that’s true. But it’s sad that he only talked about the negative side of that connection. If our bodies and souls are really so connected, then couldn’t that connection work for good, too?
If our bodies and souls are so connected, then what happens to our souls when a singer, tapping into the joy of her heart, cries out a song, her voice traveling through the atmosphere to land on our ears, grabbing us, shaking us with the same joy?
What happens to our souls when our eyes take in some staggering beauty, like when the setting sun lights the sky on fire?
What happens when we are touched with love and care?
If our bodies and souls are so connected, then what happens when we stand in the kitchen together, smelling and tasting and talking for hours?
If the things we see or hear or touch or taste or smell have the power to lead our souls toward destruction, then maybe they also have the power to lead them toward life.