Reject the idea that your worn-out body no longer needs care and attention. Learn to love your physical body as tenderly as a vintage-car collector cares for a classic automobile. Even with some corrosion over time, your body is still God’s holy design, and God intends for you to care for it as best you can.
—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)
Exercise will not turn back time, but you will glorify God as you become a good steward of your aging body. Where could you look (on TV, online, in your community) for a fitness program that might inspire you to care well for your body? Join the conversation.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?
—1 Corinthians 6:19 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.*
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*Prayer attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr
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