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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 15, 2022

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SATURDAY, January 15

John 2:20-22 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

As I traverse my forties, I am coming to see that what I take into my body no longer sheds away as rapidly as it once did. Foods I used to love are not as exciting. The way I take care of my body has changed.

These days, I am very aware of what I put into the temple of my body, particularly with food, language, and television. I believe this awareness is a part of coming back to life. News reports and social media—and even our image of ourselves in the mirror—offer intoxicating reminders of how short we fall. Yet, like the temple that underwent forty years of renovation, so we too are still under renovation.

Through God, we can come back to life. We can be resurrected anew.

MOVING FORWARD: How are you treating your body as a temple? What one thing can you do today to nourish and nurture your body?

Pray for the Diocese of San Joaquin (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117 | Genesis 6:9-22 | Hebrews 4:1-13 | John 2:13-22

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