In recent years I have promoted several ways to spend the 40 days of Lent exercising in many ways. Our goal has always been to motivate our faith family and others to become more physically active as well as experiencing faith growth through focus on weekly Bible verses, devotions and prayer.
This year I am using a six week devotion book “Walking with Jesus” published by Church Health/Memphis, TN. that is designed to help us make small changes and simple lifestyle improvements in health and faith growth through increasing activity level, adding more vegetables to daily meals and more water to daily fluids as I also spend time in meditation and prayer to help me Walk with Jesus. Along with this, the readings through the hymns in our hymnal that were provided to us in the bulletin are a wonderful way to look at scripture through the music that I love in our Lutheran heritage.
I am especially aware of the importance of working to maintain healthy diet and appropriate exercise for my health – brought home in recent weeks with the sudden death of my 49 year old son only 2 months after a diagnosis of colorectal cancer, stage 4. Recent articles in the news and in my nursing publications have brought the seriousness of this deadly cancer and the dramatic increase in the disease in folks under the age of 50. A recent publication showed that 11,000 people in their 40’s and 4000 under 40 were diagnosed in 2013, and the statistics are even more staggering in recent years. With the month of March recognizing the importance of awareness of the symptoms and appropriate screening, I am urging our younger men and women, as well as those over 50, to talk to their doctors about getting screening and know the symptoms of this silent but deadly disease.
In 1 Corinthians 10:31, we read So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. I pray that whatever you do in your Lenten walk with Jesus, you remember that your body is God’s temple and we are tasked with the care of it during our journey on earth.
See me if I can help you find Lenten meditations or ways you can work toward better physical and spiritual health.
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace Lutheran Church and School