From Your Pastor's Desk

May 1998

"O God, thou are my God, I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee..."

Psalm 63:1

One of our members recently shared with me a book they were reading that I have found most helpful and inspriing. Thomas Moore is the author of Care of the Soul (1992 HarperCollins Publisher). Chapter 11, "Wedding Spirituality and Soul" begins with the following statement:

In our spirituality, we reach for consciousness, awareness, and the highest values: in our soulfulness, we endure the most pleasurable and the the most exhausting of human experiences and emotions. These two directions make up the fundamental pulse of human life...(p.231)

There is a distinction between soul and spirituality. Spirituality, in one sense, is the discipline by which we feed and nourish our soul. Education is to spirituality as the soul is to our brain. When we seek spiritual growth in our life, we are inviting the discipline of spirituality. Spirituality has a variety of disciplines that enhance our spiritual life. Obvious disciplines are prayer, meditation, worship, and Bible study. When we pray daily, seek solitude for reflection, participate regularly in worship and take time for ongoing Bibles study we provide enrichment for our soul.

In addition to these major disciplines are other disciplines that are more subtle, but equally important. Many of these have been topics for sermons as well as ideas I have shared at other times with the congreagation. Live the resurrection! Honor your gifts! Love loving! Be a volunteer - somewhere for some meaningful time! Laugh, play, and hug gracefully! Plant a sequia! Look in the mirror and see what God loves! Live life for the children! I'm excited by all the ways we can grow as a church as we build our lives around spiritual discernment and our love for Christ.


Pastor Jim Splitt