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The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed the so called “Health Care Bill.” Few doubt that some sort of governmental policy change is needed in our country. Too many people have too little access to or pay too high a price for primary health care. The debate of course is over which approach is best to solve this problem. Some want government to take a more active role in delivering and monitoring care. Some believe governmental regulations are much of the problem and that tort reform and greater competition among insurance providers would lower costs. At the moment the president and his party advocating greater governmental involvement seem to be prevailing. Time will tell if this victory endures.

What remains true no matter what the government says or does or doesn’t say or do is that God alone is the author and perfector of all true and lasting health care. Jesus’ ministry in many ways centered on healing brokenness. It’s still God’s will to heal the sick and grant us health. He made our bodies to be whole. And whether God uses medical professionals, or dietary common sense, or miraculous intervention, he still can and will bring healing here and now today. To bank our hopes and trust on sloppy, compromised, incomplete and even corrupt political processes and expect humans to bring healing to humans is short sighted and foolish. Politicians and even doctors can’t bring healing and health. In fact, sometimes the effects of our best efforts create more problems than they solve.

The “morning after” we should be reminded to turn to God for true wholeness. If we expect any doctor or politician to fix our lives, we’ll be woefully disappointed. Today we’re reminded to pray.

“God, we thank you for the wisdom and knowledge and commitment you have given medical professionals. We thank you for using them millions of times each day to help in the process of healing and health in our lives. We thank you too for the public servants who intend, through public policy to help those in need. We pray that you would give them all courage and wisdom to make good and right decisions. We are, however under no illusion that the answer to our personal wholeness and health lies with doctors or government officials. You alone are our true healer. And while you use the hands of others, and also our own lifestyle choices to help deliver your will, you are the source and sustainer of all life. We ask today for healing and health. We ask that you would release a wave of blessing in this country. Instead of truing and trusting in human efforts, turn our hearts to seek and trust you. Give us courage and faith to pray for one another. When we hear of someone who is sick or suffering, remind to us to ask you for a miracle. And when we see your hand at work, we will be grateful and offer you thanks. For there is no true healing without you. In Jesus…”

The Eucharist Diet: Hungry for More 

March 21, 2010

Day 80

Weight: 196 lbs

Weight lost: -10 lbs

We sang this song in church yesterday… Made me hungry!

“We are Hungry” by Brad Kilman

Lord, I want more of You
Living water, rain down on me
Lord, I need more of You
Living breath of life come fill me up

We are hungry, we are hungry
We are hungry for more of You
We are thirsty, oh Jesus
We are thirsty for more of You

We lift our holy hands up
We want to touch You
We lift our voices higher and higher and higher to You

© 1999 Brad Kilman

“The Eucharist Diet” adventure is my six month experiment taking daily communion and tracking and posting the results in my personal life, relationships, health, and body fat percentage.

 

 

The Eucharist Diet: Continued  

March 20, 2010

Day 79

Weight: 196 lbs

Weight lost: -10 lbs

I have not forgotten; I have not quit. I am continuing my “Eucharist Diet” adventure, my six month experiment taking daily communion and then tracking the results in my personal life, relationships, health, and body fat percentage. I’ve held off reporting my progress for the last month. It was getting a bit excessive and probably boring to my readers. So I backed off, not on the experiment but on my exposure. Today I thought I should add this short update: In brief, there’s been no major change in the last 30 days. I’m still parked at 10 pounds down off my starting point.

I’m still hungry for Jesus; I’m still feeding my soul with his substance… He’s enough.

More to come.

We’re dancing in Minnesota! The Vernal Equinox 2010 arrives today at 12:32 PM central daylight time. It’s now Spring for all of us living in the northern hemisphere, and for those of us way up North this is great hope.  

There are signs around that Spring is real. Our days are longer and brighter. Most of our snow has melted and rivers are rising, in some places to flood level. This morning I heard flocks of geese flying overhead – though the lakes are still iced over. I saw a robin on the lawn – though the frost is still in the ground and I don’t think she’ll be pulling any worms out of the soil anytime soon. Spring is here on the calendar and real evidence supports this fact. Still, the stubborn grip of Old Man Winter hasn’t relented: the thermometer on our deck reads 22 degrees. Spring is already; Spring is not yet.

There’s a spiritual parallel to the dualistic reality of Vernal Equinox. God’s promises state facts that are literally true: God heals and provides and brings us peace and security and in this season we have access to these promises. But our own health and relationships and finances don’t always reflect these facts. We are “already” living in the “Spring” of God’s goodness, but we still have to wear a coat. Already/not yet.

This is where prayer comes in play. We see God’s promises and believe them, though we don’t see perfect evidence that they are all here and now. We hold God to his word and ask him to bring “Spring” when it still feels like “winter.”

“God, thank you for Spring and for the hope of warmer, longer, brighter days. Thank you for the coming of growth and life and birth. Thank you that things are coming awake in the world. This is what our calendar says, and we do see some signs that it is real. But we also still struggle with the residual layover of winter. It’s still cold out there! Now we ask that you would bring into reality all that belongs in this season. Your word says that we will have provision, and hope, and joy, and health, and loving relationships here and now in this life. Now we ask that what belongs in this season would become actual in our practical lives. Yes, it is already spring; but it is not yet spring as well. Let everything in our lives as they are supposed to be. We hope in you and in your promises. We hope in your gift of Spring.”  

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