The origin of soul food can be traced back to enslaved African Americans. While their masters received the choice cuts of each prepared meal, servants relied on leftovers or undesirable pieces to eat. Making the best with any ingredient they could scrounge together, soul food describes this ethnic cuisine cooked with southern hospitality.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” – Matthew 22:37
Spiritually speaking, the soul is the essence of an individual. Thus, when you do something with everything inside of you, a portion of the soul is displayed. However, just like human beings, the soul needs food to enrich the lives of people. Without nurturing the soul, a void will continue to persist.
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? – Matthew 16:26
The Bible is the only source that revitalizes souls, Hebrews 4:12. While maintaining a healthy diet is important, prayer can rejuvenate a weak or dying soul, 3 John 1:2. Therefore, the next time you enjoy an all you can eat buffet, don’t forget to stop by the dessert table with Bible reading, meditation and prayer so after you’re finish you can say it is well with my soul.
by Jay Mankus