Our Bodies

Trudy Maassen Vander Haar

READ : Psalm 139:1-18

One day my body “shrieked” in pain. Every muscle, bone and nerve stood out in bold relief vying for attention, each crying out, “Feel me!” “Feel me!” “Feel me!!” Most days I live within this skin oblivious to all this marvelous mechanism. Why must we suffer pain to be aware of and to sing praise for healthy bodies?

Sometimes we Christians carefully compartmentalize mind, soul and body. And yet we know that God is concerned with our whole body, the whole person. 1 Corinthians 3 tells us that we, people with bodies, are the temple of God and that God’s Spirit dwells in us. The Heidelberg Catechism reminds us that our only comfort in life and in death is that we belong body and soul to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

The Psalmist wrote that God is wonderful and His works are wonderful. Our nervous systems are networks that can carry up to three billion messages a second, zipping through 100,000 miles of nerve fibers. Think of how few errors there are in this system. We should be thankful not for this wonderful body God has created, but for researchers, doctors, therapists, and a holistic approach to medicine. While we give thanks, we should do everything possible to maintain our bodies and create a healthy environment in which our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren can live.


Grateful for the marvelous way You created us, Lord Jesus, help us to appreciate and care for our bodies. Amen.