Stress, Prayer and our Bodies
by Kathye Hamm
“In God we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28
We live and move and have our being in God! Our movement, our blood flowing through our veins, our arms stretched up and out – it’s all sacred! And God is aware of all of it!
“Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands to God in heaven.” Lamentations 3:41
I love to swim and hike. Thomas and I try to hike to Pt. Reyes once or twice a month. I dearly treasure those times when I swim and hike alone, though. When I hike alone, I pray out loud. Sofia (my black lab) thinks I’m talking to her — so she’s happy. When I swim, I spend time in prayer as well.
One swim story: I had just finished a lap, and was taking a bit of a break. I looked over in the next lane, and a fellow swimmer smiled and nodded. I nodded back I was in the medium lane, and she was in the slow lane. She gave me a mischievous grin and asked me, “Can you guess how old I am, honey?” Oh dear, I thought to myself. Guessing a woman’s age is always a bit tricky. So I said, “No. But I bet you’re going to tell me!” She grinned again, and proclaimed, “I’m eighty-eight!” We both laughed together, and I asked her what her secret was. “Swimming! I just keep on swimming!”
“I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you.” Psalm 143:6
There’s so much going on in our homes, our churches, our state, our nation and our world. I can’t stop thinking about those affected by the fires in Sonoma County. It can cause a lot of stress for our bodies to handle all of it. I encourage you, with your doctor’s permission of course, to get your body moving when you’re praying for all those people. Lift up your hands to God, swing your beautiful hips, stride forth with your lovely legs and pray! Keep on praying!
In Christ’s Love,
Assistant to the Bishop
June 19, 2018
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