Some might think of soul food as things like hush puppies or gumbo,
But there is true nourishment for our souls,
Far more nebulous; yet tangible indeed:
A word of encouragement,
A loving touch,
A prayer offered at just the right moment;
A hug when we need it so much.
An unexpected phone call,
A friendly smile;
A compassionate person who listens
Or just sits with us for a while.
These are the things that fill us,
That warm our souls;
That give nourishment and strength so we live
As we’re meant to be, well and whole.