A way to live:
“Some of that big splinter may still be in your finger. Don’t worry; your body will push it out,” said the doctor. The doctor trusts your body to be part of healing. Share that trust by listening to what your body tells you. It’s one of the ways God wills our health.
[Suggested by Mark 1:29-39 from the Revised Common Lectionary for 2/8/15, The Fifth Sunday of Epiphany; Jesus announces the Kingdom of God is here and heals many.]
More life apps for reading
Wider world – “Social Programs That Work” by Ron Haskins in the NY Times of 1/1/15. Rigorous evidence can inform spending with examples of programs that have worked well. A similar biblical theme: “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (from the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:37). http://nyti.ms/1Af6AEf
Spiritual Health – “The Other Woman: A Closer Look at Hagar” by Debbie Blue in The Christian Century of 12/10/14. When Sarah had no children, she gave her slave, Hagar, to Abraham as a wife; Hagar bore Ishamel said to be the forebear of Islam; there is tension and reconciliation in a careful reading of the text (Genesis 16 and 21). A similar biblical theme:: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). http://bit.ly/17rTH0b [Open it for $3.50 or request a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org.]