Spiritual and physical health (29 June 2020)

Morning Encounter:

Introduction:

One advantage of the longer daylight hours is the opportunity for more fresh air and regular exercise. Whether you enjoy a summer stroll, hours of gardening, a refreshing swim or hitting the tennis courts, this week we are focusing on physical and spiritual health. Over the next few days, we focus on looking after both body and soul.

Read: 

I pray that God, who gives peace, will make you completely holy. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept healthy and faultless until our Lord Jesus Christ returns.

(1 Thessalonians 5.23)

Reflect:

This is Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians – that God will be at work in every part of their being. By including the body along with the spirit and soul, Paul is maybe expressing a similar thought as he does in Romans 12.1-2 (which we’ll look at tomorrow), where he calls us to ‘present our bodies as a living sacrifice.’ Our life with God may often focus on our spirit or soul – but our body is important to God also.

Respond: 

What steps can you take today to look after your body? Eat well, stay hydrated and increase physical activity if you can.

Midday Meditation:

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!  

(from All Creatures of our God and King)

Evening Reflection:

I praise you, Lord, for being my guide.
Even in the darkest night, your teachings fill my mind.
I will always look to you, as you stand beside me and protect me from fear.
With all my heart, I will celebrate, and I can safely rest.

(Psalm 16.7-9)

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