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Beloved, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as your soul is strong” (3John1:2).

 

Dear Jesus, I did something yesterday for the first time in my life. I got a calcium heart scan. With good friends recently having heart issues, and me beginning my 75th year on earth, I figured it was about time. Though I won’t know my score till Monday, I feel great—especially great because I belong to you.

Jesus, you convinced me decades ago that discipleship—a life of belonging to you, is wholistic. You care about mind, body, and spirit—and all three are destined for resurrection life in the new heaven and new earth. Thank you! Even though our “outer self is wasting away” (2Cor.4:16), we’re to take care of our body until it’s glorified at your return. And you give us much wisdom for doing so.

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot” (Prov.14:30). Indeed, growing and walking in the peace of the Gospel is health-giving, even as envy can bring on disease in our bones.

“Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses” (1Tim.5:23). This doesn’t require those who abstain from all alcohol to start drinking, anymore that your promise to “feed us with the finest wheat” (Ps.81:16) requires those who are allergic to gluten to consume it anyway. Give us wisdom to apply all of your Word to every part of our lives.

 Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come” (Tim.4:8). You commend exercising our bodies and our spirits—without obsessing more about our body image than craving hearts that beat for you.

“Live in awe—have affectionate reverence for the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones” (Prov.3:8). Jesus, that’s the perfect verse and place to finish this prayer, and to thank you for being such a wonderful, merciful Savior. May we praise and serve you with our whole being. So Very Amen.

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