Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ at BRF,
Grace and peace be with all. “How is it with your soul these days?” This is a question that John Wesley who was a founder of Methodism encouraged Christians to ask of one another. In our world today, it can be easy to neglect our souls, because we have become so focused on our family, our job, our finances, or any number of other things, not to mention the Covid-19. Even when we have a free moment, we can find ourselves so tired that we just binge watch something, anything really, trying to catch a few moments of rest in the midst of life’s many challenges. Meanwhile, our souls can get neglected.
What are you doing to care for your soul? Is your soul nourished? Are you going through the darkest valley of death? Are you experiencing the dark night of the soul?
In his book in 2004, The Dark Night of the Soul, Gerald G. May said, we “don’t know the difference between good things and bad things,” and “they have been given to me in the course of life.” We can’t count them separately. They are interwoven in our life. So we are “not as much in control of life as we would like to be.” The dark night of the soul can happen to everyone and such an experience teaches us significant lessons. He writes, “It is a deep transformation, a movement toward indescribable freedom and joy and is an ongoing spiritual process in which we are liberated from attachments and compulsions and empowered to live and love more freely.”
The dark night of the soul “gives deep meaning to life but the meaning is beyond our comprehension.” “But it is true that the meaning is there, that life is much more than coping and adjustment … there is something wonderful at the heart of our existence, and it is about nothing other than love: love for God, love for one another, love for creation, love for life itself.” Our life has meaning in every moment and the meaning is just love. Our life is nothing less than a journey looking for love. No words needed anymore. Everything in our life is for that journey. Somebody looks for something meaningful from worldly things, and those things can become their attachment or addiction. Others look for something from God such as be faith, hope, and love.
May succinctly summarizes the purpose of our human beings that “All human beings are created in and from the love of God, with an inborn love for God that continually arises from God and constantly seeks God. This love is meant to flow for all people and all creation. This is our true human nature.” Love is the sole purpose of all creation including us as human beings.
Let us again look at the Gospel of Luke 10:25-28: “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
Loving God and loving others are not separated. Both are more nourished through worship, prayers, reading God’s word, and getting together with other Christians. Then we should show that love to the world.
May God bless you all to stay in God’s love.
In Christ’s love,
Pastor Rev. Inwha Shon