• Keeping Body and Soul Together

  • LEA Weekly Devotion

    TOGETHER series 2021–2022

    Week of October 10, 2021

    Keeping Body and Soul Together


    Misery loves company. Nobody likes to celebrate alone. Two phrases that sound as if they came from Proverbs. Both suggest the importance of together. Throughout the centuries, God’s people have valued and employed relationships to keep their lives together.

    God provided holistic guidance to help His children keep body and soul together. He freely listened to people confess both their sins and their needs, and He provided willing (okay, not always willing) listeners to provide God-pleasing (okay, sometimes God-mandated) ways to address problems of mind, body, and soul.

    The devil, not uncharacteristically, had his groupies too. And it was quite a following. Some of his minions made it their vocation to inflict God’s people with terrible temptations. He found ways to break bodies and break spirits, all the while giving the victims a hearty dose of defiance, self-centeredness, or despair. Some, like Eve and Adam, believed they could be their own gods. Still others fell innocently to the sickening results of a broken environment. Yet, all had treatment options available.

    James explained the best of the best: “Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray…. Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed” (James 5:13–14, 16).

    That’s what we do together. Sin’s maladies—all of them—are treatable with repentance and reliance—repentance for those who bring about their own misery coupled with reliance on God to deal mercifully according to His will with all of sin’s trappings. And it’s relational—God’s people helping God’s people—not denying sin or making excuses for it, but facing it head on in faith for hope and healing.

    But let’s not forget the celebrations part of keeping body and soul together. We celebrate our relationship with Jesus. We celebrate by feasting together at the Lord’s Supper and in hearing and reading His Word. It heals and it nourishes and it’s free—provided by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    As for keeping bodies and souls together—they will someday separate, but even that won’t last forever.

     

    Sing together: Healing & Celebration

     

    Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
    Director of Communications
    Copyright ©2021 Lutheran Education Association

    Quoted Scripture: MSG®

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