Day Thirty: Glorify God in Your Body

The body is described as the “temple of God.” This means that our care for our physical well-being is an ethical as well as spiritual issue. What we eat, our patterns of exercise, rest, prayer, and meditation are all part of our spiritual adventure.

Each person’s path to wholeness is unique, but overall well-being involves caring for our bodies as well as the bodies of others. Our diet is an ethical issue: as the saying goes, “live simply, so that others can simply live.” Do our eating habits help or harm persons in the developing world? A healthy diet, involving organic foods with less meat and processed foods, contributes to the health of the environment and the well-being of our human companions as well as to our own health.

Beyond diet, we can “move with the spirit.” We are meant for movement – to walk, run, and swim. All these can be prayerful activities. My morning walk joins movement, meditation, and intercession. I experience God’s energy flowing in and through me to bring well-being to others. Movement opens the mind and liberates the spirit – it is hard to stay stuck spiritually when we are moving physically. New ideas can emerge with every step as we let go of the past and move toward each step’s future.

Today, reflect on your well-being. What simple and healthy tasks can you begin or commit to, based on your overall health condition, life circumstances, and personality type? A great adventure begins with one step literally and figuratively. (Of course, if you aren’t used to exercising, please check with your healthcare provider.)

For today’s affirmations, consider the following.
I glorify God in my body.
I care for my body as a gift to God and others.
I choose to eat foods that are good for me and contribute to the well-being of
others.

Rejoice in the day. Let the Spirit move through you as you move with the Spirit.

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About Bruce Epperly

Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bruce is currently a professor in spirituality, ministry, and theology in the doctoral program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He has served as pastor or interim pastor of congregations in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of over 35 books in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, scripture, and healing and wholeness, including Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job; From Here to Eternity: Preparing for the Next Adventure; and A Center in the Cyclone: Clergy Self-care in the 21st Century.


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