The Body of Christ

A bodily disease, which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part. 

                                                          ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
                                                          ~ James 5:16
     She started favoring her left foot, taking each step a bit more carefully.  Several of the jurors noticed that she nearly fell as she rounded the table.  Then the conversation began:  “I sometimes have this thing in my leg that goes out, and it’s mostly okay, if I just let it “sit” for a while.”
     There are only a few men on our jury, but they were the first ones who spoke their concern.  They spoke to her about her business (catering) which requires her to be on her feet so much, they spoke to her about how easy it is to take care of the problem, encouraging her to get our her phone and make an appointment.  Then someone spoke up and said, “When you try to take it easy on one part of your body, something else suffers.”
     That’s when she made the call and an appointment to have her foot looked at. The collective opinion of the jury was one of concern,  experience, caring, tenderness.  
    We humans tend to push ourselves so far beyond what we should, and then we are at risk for something worse.  We mean to “get around to it,” but often “it” just sits like a stack of mail that needs to be gone through, untended, unopened, and getting larger all the time.
     Today, take care of your body.  Pray for others that you know who are neglecting that one little thing, including yourself.  What I saw in the jurors was the body of Christ taking care of a hurting soul, with wonderful results.  Pray for those around you, in your job, on the bus, in the subway, on line at the store, on hold waiting.  Your prayers avail much.
     Because of Him,

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