Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2 Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. 3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 1 Samuel 18:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
Whenever I hear these words “Yes, is the highest praise,” I think about the chorus sung by Andre
and Sandra Crouch “…From the bottom of my
heart to the depths of my soul. Yes Lord, completely yes. My soul says yes.”
Sometimes, I ponder the days when I said “Yes” to wrong things that were bringing me dangerously close to selling my soul to the shadows of death.
And God, when my appendix ruptured and someone drove me to the hospital, the Hines Matriarch found me and prayed for me. When I reached a breaking point and attempted suicide, by Grace, the word got back to the family Matriarch who demanded “bring her home to us.” They nurtured me back to wholeness and I went back to worldly living.
Over and over and over again, the Hines family loved me as God loves. They lived, and taught their four children the lifestyle of incarnating the two great commandments.
Upon hearing that the Hines Matriarch had died and that a memorial service would be held at my home church in Washington DC, I desired to BE at the service. And God said “Yes.” God said “Yes” by giving me strength to make the round trip drive. God said “Yes” when, while waiting for the pastor to come and bless the food, the Matriarch’s oldest daughter asked me to pray; though other ministers were there. During my reflections at dinner, I spoke of the Saturday night I yearned to say “Yes” to God; and how, on Sunday, February 25, 1979, I came to church and was born again during worship. I accepted the Lord’s invitation to re-connect with God, Soul-II-Soul; and, the Matriarch met me at the altar.
Coming full circle, I went to say my “goodbyes” to the Hines siblings when the oldest daughter said to me “I miss you in my life.” And, our souls were instantly knitted together.
Let’s pray: Eternal One, there is never a second when You are absent. Your Soul and my soul are knitted by every breath You breathe into my nostrils; and into life’s nostrils. No matter who or where you are on love’s journey, it is never too late to proclaim “my soul says yes, Lord.”