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Part 26, June 15, 2016

Body, Spirit, Soul, Self … what do these words mean? It’s not so easy to figure out. I’ve wondered for a long time about the difference between spirit and soul, for example! So stay with me as I try to work it out, listening to God’s promptings as well as I’m able. And please, let me know if it makes sense to you, or if you have other ideas to stir into this soup! This is not the final word–it’s just what I’m thinking my understanding is right now.

Body … identity … physical … fully in this temporal (time-limited) world …

Spirit … God’s spirit, “poured out upon all flesh” … the divine living within us … eternal … Love … complete …

Soul … our real identity … shaped by our life in this world limited by time and space, but not fully of it … eternal … striving toward wholeness …

Self … an intricate, confusing conglomerate of body, Spirit, and soul … the wholeness of who we are–a gestalt, if you will … agent of our free will, going with or against God’s invitation and leading … constantly changing …