We are stardust infused with the very breath of God. God’s creative action permeates our every molecule with the spark of the Divine. Theologians and philosophers like to talk about body, mind, and spirit as though they are clearly defined and separate entities. That is nice as a thought experiment, but in our everyday lives we don’t experience our minds or spirits outside of our bodies. We talk about emotions as “gut feelings.” When we experience stress, we get headaches and digestive problems, and our muscles tighten. Sometimes a spiritual experience is accompanied by shivers and tingles.
—Anne Cummings, My Body Is Good: Giving Up Diet Culture and Embracing Body Positivity for Lent (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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[Jesus] answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.’
—Luke 10:27 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
God of new beginnings, help me to
acknowledge, perhaps for the first time,
the beliefs about my body that I have
held for so long. Guide me in sorting
which beliefs are helpful and which are
harmful. Lead me back to you and
to this body that you called good. Amen.
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Join us on March 18, 2023, for an online Academy Day Apart retreat, where we will focus on the spiritual practices of silence and contemplation as we journey intentionally through this Lenten season. We will be guided by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, authors of Psalms for Black Lives. In our time together during this retreat, Gabby and Andrew will help us engage the Psalms to create a laboratory of justice imagination. Learn more and register here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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