Dec. 12. Prompt. Body Integration: This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?
The first thing that leaps to mind is Matthew 22:36-40 in which the Pharisees ask Jesus, in an effort to test him, “What is the greatest commandment?” Jesus replies, ” ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
For followers of Jesus, this is the commandment each of us are called to embody in our daily life. It’s not an easy commandment to adhere too, and I certainly don’t always love God with my heart, soul and mind and my neighbor as myself or even as God loves them. Thankfully, it’s God’s grace that empowers me with the opportunity to do it again, regardless of how many times I’ve previously failed at living out the commandment to love fully.
I’m also grateful for the few sacred moments in which I have been able to love God and neighbor with heart, soul and mind or in the very least, known that I am loved wholly and unconditionally by God and others. It is those experiences that remind me that loving fully is possible and can lead toward the realization of God’s kingdom in this present reality:
* Summer Youth Trips–Montreat Youth Conference with HS Youth in Montreat, NC; the Mission Trip with HS Youth at Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Village in Houma, Louisiana; Middle School “Mission Possible” with MS Youth (as well as four other church youth groups) in Duluth-Atlanta; Middle School Conference with MS Youth at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC
* Seeing MS and HS youth preach and share their summer trip experiences in worship
* HS Youth planning and leading two worship services on Sunday February 7
* Playing/laughing/tickling/wrestling/sandwich hugging/belly bumping with my 2 and a half year old Katie
* Singing Amazing Grace and Sanctuary to Katie to help her fall asleep
*Seeing the film Inception
*Hugging and/or holding hands with my wife Elizabeth
* Summer and Fall walks in the neighborhood with Elizabeth and Katie
* Providing pastoral care to members in the church who are hurting
* Co-leading a session on suicide prevention with 8th-12th graders during Sunday School this Fall
* Preaching and then hearing from members that my sermon touched their heart or made them realize God was shaping their life in a profound way
* Deep laughs with Elizabeth, staff colleagues, family and friends
* Mission work in Haiti in October
* Watching the Series Finale of LOST
*U2 Concert at the Georgia Dome and Roger Daltrey/Eric Clapton Concert at Gwinnett Arena
* A beautiful and inspiring liturgical dance that Margo, Tina and Emily shared in worship as part of an adult baptism.
* Adult Choir Anthems and Offertories by Hyoun Joo and Kathe