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At Home in the Body – A Message from Mom

Now that we have had Peter out more with other people, there have been a couple of times when it’s been hard on someone to see him in his current condition. One or two people have said, “That’s not Peter,” as if his limitations change who he is somehow. Because of the unfamiliar things associated with his limitations right now, I understand this struggle. The topic has fostered many questions and discussions in our own home. Frankly, it has really helped me to share a home with a philosopher/theologian son (Andrew) and a pastor/theologian husband. Their words give me sound perspective.

The Christian view confronts head-on this temptation to focus too much on Peter’s brain. Our culture’s materialist worldview says that our personhood is equal to our brain. That’s because materialism holds that we are only physical beings, that we are nothing more than what can be seen or touched.

The Christian view, on the other hand, is that each of us has a soul that will never die. This soul we each have is the essence of who we are. Our souls equal our personhood. Our bodies are only our habitation, like a tent, while we live on this earth. Our bodies certainly are a wondrous gift with which God graced us so that we can learn about and serve Him. Yet, they are only a vehicle for the real “us.”

So Peter’s soul – who he is – has not changed. His brain is part of his tent. His brain is a tool that his soul uses, and the tool has been hurt. He is still the same Peter that we have always known and not anyone “different.”

Since Peter is still essentially the same, we focus on his soul and not his brain. He needs our spiritual encouragement, our moral support. We want to support him on this road of suffering he has been called to walk. He’s still our little brother.

“For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For in  this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling . . . . For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened–not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.  He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

“So we are always of good courage.  We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord . . . . (W)e would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.” ~from 2 Corinthians 5:1-9


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