Body, mind, spirit … Many of us try to promote health in one or more of these areas. What are we seeking when we do? Exercise, eating well, and meditation are all ways to improve or maintain various aspects of our health, but our practices certainly do not guarantee that our bodies will not harbor illness, that our minds may not unravel with age or that our spirits will not encounter brokenness. However, our efforts may have a greater benefit, Peace; Peace in knowing we are taking care of a special gift! Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received of God? You are not your own; you were bought for a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

This Lent, I encourage you to strive for good physical, mental and spiritual health, and in the process, experience the Peace that comes from honoring the God who loves us all.

Teresa Given