1040. It’s not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit. ~J.R.R. Tolkien

The human spirit needs
places where nature
has not been rearranged
by the hand of man.
~Author Unknown

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The spirit
likes to dress up like this:
ten fingers,
ten toes,

shoulders, and all the rest
at night
in the black branches,
in the morning

in the blue branches
of the world.
It could float, of course,
but would rather

plumb rough matter.
Airy and shapeless thing,
it needs
the metaphor of the body,

lime and appetite,
the oceanic fluids;
it needs the body’s world,

and imagination
and the dark hug of time,
and tangibility,

to be understood,
to be more than pure light
that burns
where no one is —

so it enters us —
in the morning
shines from brute comfort
like a stitch of lightning;

and at night
lights up the deep and wondrous
drownings of the body
like a star.
~Poem by Mary Oliver

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering the waters. ~Genesis 1:2  ✝

**Images via Pinterest; collage created by Natalie


10 thoughts on “1040. It’s not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit. ~J.R.R. Tolkien

  1. Ok, I don’t know about you but as a teacher, my feet have never looked like that—and now, after all these million of years of standing on them—well, they hurt…with shoes, sometimes without and sometimes while I want to sleep—and if I could just wear chacos year round, I’d probably do ok 🙂
    So that line about the it not being the strength of the body….well I couldn’t agree more—

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    • Oh my, Julie, my feet are so bad too. Just stood too long and in the wrong kind of shoes. So now I have to deal with neuropathy and arthritis that makes mine hurt most of the time. After all these years, I’ve finally found some shoes that let me stand a little more and I’m thrilled about that. They are Birkenstocks, and I love, love, love them. I’m impressed that you walked as much as you must have in Ireland. James and I average about 4 miles a day in Paris, but they were just short distances that added up to that. 🙂 ❤


  2. I like that every part of us is a blessing, glad you point this out, Natalie. There is somewhere in the Bible, that God knows every hair on our heads.
    I think strength of spirit is better than strength of body. It is a great gift to have what we do have, then using what He gave us is honoring Him. ♡♡

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    • Yes, Robin, when our strength of body weakens or fails, it’s our strength of spirit that keeps us going.
      I used to worry that I couldn’t be a missionary to take the gospel to the dark corners of the world, but ya know, my blog now reaches people in nearly every country on the planet. And though it’s not strictly faith based as some are, I do talk about my faith and try to demonstrate the impact it has on me and my world. So yes, even from a chair in a tiny corner of the world, we can honor the Lord with who and what we are. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤


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