Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Day 30 of Lent: We Can Glorify God in Our Bodies

Glorify God in your body. I Corinthians 6:20

What we do with our bodies really matters.  As temples of God, our bodies reveal God's creativity and wisdom.  Our thoughts and emotions radiate throughout our body, and our physical well-being and chemical balance shape our thinking and feeling as well.  While we may inherit certain characteristics and tendencies, we are not victims of our genetic and biological inheritance.  We can, with God's help, be artists of our embodiment by intentionally loving and caring for our bodies.

While we cannot guarantee good health of body, mind, and spirit, we can commit ourselves to healing practices that promote wellness at every level of our being.  The pathway to wholeness is spiritual as well as ethical and behavioral.  We are stewards of our own embodiment and the way we use our bodies reflects our self-awareness and personal values.

We can:
get exercise to strengthen our bodies
practice spiritual practices such as bible study and prayer
practice holy eating with gratitude for those who have supplied it
keep the sabbath, taking time to trust God for a day for study and worship weekly
have loving relationships
reach out in service to others
be part of a healing community of faith
give and receive healing touch as we are able

We glorify God by loving ourselves as we truly are and, out of that healthy self-affirmation, reaching out in service to others.

God of change and glory, let me glorify you with each breath.  Let me praise you with each footstep.  Let each meal be a prayer and each touch bring healing.  Nourished by your gifts, I joyously nourish others, sharing the grace I have received through the Healer of Nazareth.  Amen.

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