“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visits him?” Heb 2:6
The Psalmist writes: “Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: . . . for I lift up my soul unto thee.” What does this mean to us in this crime-filled, greed-driven world? The key is soul. The New Testament screams of man’s goodness for as Jesus says we are God’s children and God is nothing but good.
God promises to bless us with goodness, giving us the bounties of the earth. This is a theme that is humbly opened in many parts of the Bible. God is God; God loves us; if we recognize this, God fills us with universal love and therefore universal bounty. We are Love.
Not so deep within us is a soul.
There are those who say that our soul belongs to God. I have also written of the soul this way. But we are wrong; the soul, our soul, is God within us. My soul is God. My soul leads me to grace others with love and nurture. Our prayer proffers “Thy Kingdom Come.” For me, this means that God is ever-present in my life. My path is steady, difficult at times, but steady. God, my Soul, loves!
God’s Will is present in our lives; it is the determining factor in loving relations between all. This Love must be exercised daily all over our world. This Love must not be held back for any reason. We as humans are appointed caretakers of God’s good earth, which includes everything living on it. We are failing because we are not exercising our goodness, our love of God.
Too often, as we go from sorrow to joy, we forget the lessons learned. Mankind is essentially good. We see wars; we see greed; we see anger and pain all around. But we have to recognize the goodness that is overshadowed by this sorrow. As an example, here in the United States, we have suffered many natural catastrophic disasters from earthquakes to tornadoes to flooding. All are devastating for those who are in the paths of these horrific events.
Instead of seeing mankind rush away from those affected, fellow sufferers stop to help those in danger. Devasting losses helping devasting losses. This is beauty; this is mankind at its best. There is little greed, little theft of property. This is mankind helping mankind. This is true soul. This is true God within us. This is God’s Will universally done. This is mankind’s willpower at its best. Let us open our eyes to witness man’s goodness and God-given Love.
©Russell Kendall Carter
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