Is death coming for you? 

I don’t know about you, but it seems that death follows me everywhere.   I have participated in four funerals / memorial services this past month.  The church I attend has a lot of older folks and it seems that someone is always dying.  Many of our families have experienced death this past year.  There seems to always be someone who is related to someone who is dying.  Why?  With all the medical advances we have seen over the last 50 years, you would think we could keep anyone alive forever.  But it just isn’t that way.  Our Creator created us so that there are consequences for what we do.  That includes what we do to our bodies.  Are we eating good things? Are we exercising?  Are we practicing good oral hygiene? Are we getting the rest we need on a scheduled basis?  Do we visit our doctors on a regular basis?  Are we taking the meds we need?  Are we constantly worrying about things?  Are we using substances we shouldn’t be?  Are drinking alcoholic beverages in excess?  Do we pig out on the sugars?  Are we overweight (ouch, that one probably hit most of us)? You get the idea.  If we don’t take care of our bodies, death will most likely come sooner, rather than later.

There are all sorts of things we might be doing which are not good for our health.  If we don’t keep our homes in good repair, they will begin to have major problems.  If we don’t practice good maintenance on our vehicles, they too will stop running!!!  So, take good care of your bodies!!!  We only get this one and life does not come with a ‘do over’ option. 

God, Your Word tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.  That alone should motivate us to take care of ourselves.  But we do need your help since it is so easy to NOT take care of ourselves.  Help us to occasionally, look in the mirror and picture our loved ones without us beside them.  Help us to realize that you might have a mission for us here on earth that no one else can accomplish, and YOU need us to be in good health.  Good health is a gift from you and we thank you for it. 

In the name of your son, Jesus, we pray.  Amen.

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