What I’m Thinking: How is your Soul?


In John 12, Jesus admits that his soul is troubled at the prospect of arrest, execution, and death. That has me wondering how my own soul is, and where I find comfort amidst tragedies and trials.

Here’s a transcript:

I’m thinking about the 12th chapter of John’s Gospel (John 12:20-33). It’s a busy one, but the beginning of our lesson for this coming Sunday is when some foreigners – some Greeks – come to Philip and Andrew and they want to meet Jesus.

For some reason, this becomes the occasion for Jesus to talk about his impending crucifixion and death. And he says, “Now my soul is troubled.”

Those are the words that have stuck with me this week: “Now my soul is troubled.”

And so it has me wondering: how is my soul? It has me wondering: how are things with your souls?

It’s been raining a lot here in Hilo – that’s not unusual, but it’s gone on day after day and we’ve barely seen the sun. At the same time, though, there are some plants out near the parsonage that bear orchids, and in the three seasons I’ve lived here I’ve never seen them blossom in such profusion. 

It’s quite stunning.

Now, this is not to say that the bad things – all the rain – brings the good (although that is probably true, at least for the orchids).

No, it’s just that amidst all the grayness, in the shadows, in, in fact, the challenging and difficult times, I am so grateful for those signs of grace: those blossoms, those things which raise up my soul and give me comfort.

In the midst of the rain, there are orchids.

That’s what I’m thinking. I’m curious about what you’re thinking. So leave me your thoughts in the comment section below; I’d love to hear from you.

Categories What I'm Thinking | Tags: , , | Posted on March 11, 2018

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  1. by Mariko Miho

    On March 13, 2018

    Thank you, Pastor Eric, for creating this wonderful, wonderful website. Janet told me about this and I went to this immediately. I read your most recent sermon about how God so loved the world. It gave me peace to read it. And, now I will know to look to this site and connect with your wisdom even though I can’t be in Hilo.
    Peace be with you, Pastor Eric. It is so good that you are here.
    With aloha, Mariko

  2. by holycrosshilo

    On March 18, 2018

    Aloha, Mariko! I can’t claim credit for creating this site – it was here when I arrived – but there’s nobody to blame for the sermon and reflection content but me (until I recruit some other idea creators, that is). Thanks for your kind words. I hope we continue to have something that helps sustain you from time to time, even if not every one will.

    Blessings to you!
    – Eric Anderson

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