Most people are aware of the old saying that says if you ring for a doctor late at night for help/advice/assistance its “Take two aspirin/paracetamol and call me in the morning if there’s no change”. The variant I heard some years ago as a young Christian was that Moses approached God in prayer to say the Children of Israel had gone astray and “what could God do about it?” The instructions he received was that he should start by climbing Mount Sinai where he was given two tablets, told to take them regularly, encourage the rest to do the same and see if they helped. Obviously the two tablets had the ten commandments inscribed on them, they wouldn’t change things overnight but long term who knows?
It feels to me that as we get older doctors find more and more wrong with us, ask any older men (I speak from experience here) how often they compare with others what medication they’re on. Medicines for high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol, greater numbers than ever it appears suffering from Diabetes. Many years ago before this medication was discovered how many of us would have passed on, fated never to reach middle let alone old age? The advance of modern medicine has increased life expectancy greatly over the centuries and I am certain many of us are very grateful for that.
Health and healing play a big role in the Christian faith, especially mental health particularly during this Covid pandemic. Yet what doesn’t get such a high profile is spiritual health and how do we make sure we are in the best of spiritual health? There is no expectation that spiritually we need to run a marathon or feed only on food mentioned in the Bible (I have heard some Christians put this forward as a healthy diet!) Somehow or other I don’t fancy the John the Baptist diet of locusts and wild honey. No there is nothing too difficult, the following not necessarily being in any order of importance.
- Read your bible – find a version that you find easy to read and use a good commentary to help you understand what you’ve read’
- Spend some time each day in prayer, making sure you listen as well as speak
- Seek and find a Christian fellowship that not only do you feel comfortable as part of but also offers help and support. Later on as the situation gets better the same fellowship should be the one you enjoy worshipping with.
- Find a way to serve the Lord in the wider community
John Pugh (Rev) Wymeswold Methodist