Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt:

1 Thessalonians 5:5-6

You’re sons of Light, daughters of Day. We live under wide open skies and know where we stand. So let’s not sleepwalk through life like those others. Let’s keep our eyes open and be smart.

More thoughts for meditation:

Wendell Berry defines healing and health with the following words,

“The task of healing is to respect oneself as a creature, no more

and no less.

 

A creature is not a creator, and cannot be. There is only one

Creation, and we are its members.

 

To be creative is only to have health: to keep oneself fully alive

in the Creation, to keep the Creation fully alive in oneself, to see

the Creation anew, to welcome one’s part in it anew.”

These two writers are telling us that health is to be fully alive, to be continually filled with the growth and new life of Creation or the Creator and to be fully awake to our part within it all.

Health is not be be whole or perfect or unbroken, but it is to be aware and present, mending and growing, resurrecting and becoming new. It is to see ourselves as one creature in communion with an entire creation and its Creator.

Suggestions for action:

Pick a sentence or word from above that sticks out to you, close your eyes and let your imagination explore it. Maybe you want to see yourself as a son of Light or daughter of the Day. Maybe you want to meditate on Creation or Christ being fully alive within you and the healing that follows.

Try sitting with whatever image comes to mind and pray, “I want to be awake and alive.”