The soul requires care-full attention and nurture. Sarah Bessey articulated the difference between self-comfort and self-care. Although Facebook scrolling, Netflix binging, or carb consumption may offer instantaneous gratification or numbing pain relief, I need to move toward soul CARE if I hope to write with a clear voice from a deep place. For most people, self-care probably includes adequate sleep, wholesome food, physical exercise, and community. I think of these pieces as caring for the structure of the well, making sure the mortar is intact, taking care that the rocks aren’t crumbling, securing strong walls within which the soul finds its spiritual home.
So, when the Conference ended on Friday, I lingered a little longer, I walked a little slower among the deeply rooted ancient trees and the solid, centuries old buildings. As I looked through the camera, I was reminded of the many ways my soul’s well had been cared for and replenished in the past few days.
This wasn't the chapel, but it was a holy place for me.
One night, a fox darted across the lonely road in front of us. Where exactly were we? This was when we realized that neither of us could be trusted even with Google maps and GPS.
What fills your soul?