Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 14, 2007
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 14, 2007
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Spiritual empowerment and our human bodies
"Do you not know that you are God�s temple and that
God�s Spirit dwells in you?"
1 Corinthians 3:16a
How we relate to our bodies profoundly influences
our spirituality, our inner wellness. Our bodies
affect how we live and how we relate to one another.
Spiritual empowerment involves living with our bodies
one day at a time. We are embodied beings in need of
sacred space. We have many emotions that are part of
our body experience. For wholeness, our deep feelings
need to be acknowledged, honored, and heard with loving
discernment. When our feelings are too deep for words,
they can help us pray. When we are teased, rejected,
criticized, stressed, and exhausted, our bodies show
symptoms and reflect a spiritual concern.
As a minister in the United States, most people that I
encounter, young and old, sick or well, rich or poor,
gay or straight, male or female, single or married, do
not love their bodies. This is a significant spiritual
concern. Our bodies are a sacred trust, but negative
self-images often lead to subtle and overt acts of
self-hatred. Our bodies need loving care and attention.
We need to cherish and nurture our bodies physically,
mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in order to
thrive and live up to our fullest human potential.
Our bodies are God's gift to us. In sickness and in
health, they help us pray. It is in God that we live
and move and have our being. Our bodies require
responsible stewardship for they are our portable
chapels. Our bodies reflect a sacred trust. We are
God's temples. God's Spirit lives in each of us. Try
praying today about your body and your many feelings.
Many people do not realize that learning to live
peacefully with our imperfect bodies can help us grow
in inner wellness and personal empowerment. Often our
first memories and awareness involve our bodies with
feelings of pleasure, shame, or other emotions. We
were never meant to live as disembodied people. Our
bodies can help us get grounded and centered.
"Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple
and that God's Spirit lives in you?" (1 Corinthians
God, help us love and nurture our bodies as precious
gifts from you. Help us experience spiritual
empowerment as embodied people. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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