I am reading a fantastic book, “Soul Keeping”, by John Ortberg. Pastor John maintains that the deepest desire of our soul is to be in constant communion with God.
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God? Psalm 42:1-2.
When we sin it is in our soul that sin resides and puts our soul into distress, causing us to be out of alignment with God, until we acknowledge our sin before God and our fellowship with him is restored.
According to Pastor John, another of our souls desire is to bless others and to be blessed. Pastor John suggests that soul blessing shouldn’t be done quickly or haphazardly, rather with deep sincerity and by looking the person we are blessing in the eyes. There is a saying, “The eyes are the window to a person’s soul.” There seems to be much debate over the origin of this saying. Perhaps it is from these verses:
“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” Matthew 6:22-23.
While I can’t look each of you in the eye, I do leave you with this blessing from the depth of my soul to yours.
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26.