Health April 24, 2012Posted by Phil Groom in Life, Theological Reflection.
Tags: Health, Jürgen Moltmann, Moltmann, Power of the Powerless, Quotes, SCM Press, Work
FOR ALL MY FRIENDS who, for one reason or another, find themselves, like me at present, unable — unable, not unwilling — to work:
Our society arbitrarily defines health as the capacity for work and the capacity for enjoyment, but true health is something quite different. True health is the strength to live, the strength to suffer, and the strength to die. Health is not a condition of my body; it is the power of my soul to cope with the varying condition of that body.
— Jürgen Moltmann, The Power of the Powerless, SCM Press, 1983, p.142
Where Moltmann speaks of the body, I would also add mind:
Health is not a condition of my body or mind; it is the power of my soul to cope with the varying condition of that body and mind.
May you find the power you need in your soul today.