Our week just completed seems like a roller coaster ride to me! We began with an amazingly wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner in the parish hall fellowshipping with our faith family and friends from out of town and from our mother church, Community of Christ at Memorial. The weather turned a bit blustery and definitely cooler, health issues for some became a major issue, and I’m sure you get the picture. We are in the frenzy of the retail Christmas season and shopping, cooking, sewing and travel has begun in earnest. Shopping observations gave me a picture of holiday behavior: carts full of sweets and items to create them, the toy section of stores was full of children singing the chorus “I want______.” I’m sure you know that song by heart! Conversations among folks were focused around finances, how big a gift to get, how many toys, and what the neighbor is doing with lights, etc. Several times I have heard, “Oh well, I will work on my weight after the holidays.”
The impact on our health – physically, emotionally, and spiritually is profound. Our health is something we seem to take for granted, until it starts to become a problem. God has designed each body so that it is a finely-tuned instrument that is the most resilient on earth. It can endure broken bones, severe illness (cancer, stroke, neurological issues and more), constant pain and serious mental health issues. God has provided us with a fantastic “owner’s manual” that tells us how to operate the human body. That manual is the Holy Bible, a book that is filled with instructions for proper maintenance. It is His Word, and in its pages, He reveals many basic principles for good physical, mental and spiritual health. Proverbs 3:1-2, 8 (NIV) says: 1My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. 8This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. I pray that during this Advent season we will remember to study His words in that owner’s manual, and remember to take God with you everywhere you go, especially when you go shopping!
My newsletter article for December contains a website address to a “Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Calendar.” I have some copies for those who don’t ‘do computers’. See me!
God be with you in your walk to our Lord’s birth.
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace Lutheran