“Body Prayer”…

When my body joins my heart and mind when I pray, I feel alive and deeply connected with myself and with God. Dorothea Lotze-Kola

Meditation: There was a time in my life when I was completely disconnected from my body. This can happen to anyone who goes through depression, an eating disorder or through traumatic events. On the road of recovery, prayer often happens first in our minds. We find comfort in healing thoughts. And then we begin to also feel something while we pray. Prayer is deepening and begins to encompass our hearts as well. And as recovery continues, prayer begins to even involve our bodies. The healing power of prayer wants to restore the whole of us. And so today I pray when I walk. I pray when I run. I pray when I stretch and do yoga. As I learn how prayer can infuse even my physical being, I feel God with every fiber of me. And I am grateful.

Prayer: Healing God, you want to restore our minds, our hearts and emotions as well as our relationship with our bodies. We thank you when with every fiber of our body we feel alive and restored. When we enjoy being the body you made us to be, instead of treating our body as an object or something to discipline or to neglect. As our recovery comes full circle, Your ongoing loving conversation with us heals all of us, including our relationship with our bodies. And we are grateful. Amen

May the God of peace himself make you holy (“heal you”) in every way. And may your whole being – spirit, soul, and body – remain blameless when our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, appears. 1. Thessalonians 5:23