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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Soul (07/13/06)

TITLE: Envision the Soul
By Lucile McKenzie
07/19/06


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ENVISIONING THE SOUL


Throughout history humans have been preoccupied with the soul, to the extent that we often give it human attributes. We believe that it can weep, sing, or rejoice. Two diverse examples of the many possible are the chorus of Reverend Boberg’s famous hymn, “How Great Thou Art“ which reads, “Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee,” and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s1860 letter to Susan B. Anthony in which she says her soul, “Rejoices in the truth I have uttered.”

A fascinating aspect of our preoccupation with our souls is how we describe it. Matthew Arnold said, “Strong is the soul, and wise, and beautiful,” Henry David Thoreau in “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers in 1849,” wrote, “Methinks my own soul must be a bright invisible green,” Like Arnold, Thoreau, and many others I could name, I’ve thought about what my soul looks like. I can agree with Matthew Arnold’s description, but unlike Thoreau, I can’t imagine my soul as being, “a bright, invisible green.” Instead, I’ve always thought it must be white, with a tinge of pink, glowing with a soft, soothing light. But I also think it can change from soft pink-tinged white to dry and shriveled brown.

When things are not well between God and myself, when there is strife and discord in my life, then I imagine my soul as shriveled and brown, like a long discarded banana peel.
I know that I must rectify the wrongs in my life, get closer to God, and uncurl my soul. How do you envision your soul?


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Marilyn Schnepp 07/20/06
Never thought of the Soul in color...you have given your reader something to contemplate and ponder. Nicely done.
Jan Ackerson 07/20/06
Very interesting! I'd have liked to have seem more examples of what might cause your soul to be white-and-pink, and what might cause it to shrivel and brown. A fascinating approach to the topic.
Amy Nicholson07/20/06
This was interesting! More!
Mishael Witty07/26/06
This really helped me "see" my soul in a new way. Thanks for sharing!