Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
When I was in high school the Body World exhibit came to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. If you don’t know what it is, it is pretty much what it sounds like: an exhibit of human bodies. They are preserved in a unique way that doctors came up with to show people the human body, to teach anatomy and show us the wonder of life. They show different muscles in motion while working out. They show a body after many years of smoking. They show different organs. One of the bodies I remember the most vividly was of just the circulatory system. I was amazed by the sheer numbers of blood vessels. Parts of the body looked solid, just entirely made of blood vessels. Others were so tiny, so delicate. I stood there for a long time until my mom came to drag me out.
The funny thing is, I didn’t want to go to that exhibit. I thought looking at bodies would be creepy and weird. But something happened. I saw how marvelous our bodies are. How beautifully they are made. How precise they are and how many different systems have to work together. I saw the miracle that God created when He created life.
How often do we rush pass the psalm of the daily reading to get to the Gospel? But today's psalm is one of my favorites. It is about the wonder at which God created us. Have you ever stopped to think about the miracle that you are? The fact that your blood is always pumping blood around your body? That your body can turn food into energy and you don't even have to think about it?
You are wonderfully made. And today's psalm is an important reminder of that. God don't just create our bodies though. He also created our soul. All that you are is because of the Lord. Give Him thanks for that today.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Have you ever stopped to think about the miracle that you are?
Have you ever just contemplated how amazing humans are? That all of our systems are connected? That we are connected with one another?
Have you ever considered what the world might be like if human beings weren't such complex creatures?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"I am wonderfully made."
"I am a miracle of God's creation."
"I reflect the amazing-ness of God to the world."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Take a moment today to learn something new about the human body so you can praise and thank God! God created humans in His image and likeness, to reflect who He truly is to the world. How can you use your body to showcase the glory of God to others?
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