Your body is a temple.
Go look in the mirror,
Yes, even yours!
With that nose and the bum that seems to stretch clothes to bursting point;
With those legs that don’t work as well as other folk’s seem to;
With that mind that you wish was sharper,
With that pummelled and battered immune system.
Your body, with its greatness,
And its frailties;
Your body, with its life,
And its limitations;
And the body next to you on the bus, in the classroom, in the office, on the other side of the fence,
Is a temple
And God’s Spirit dwells within.
Let that sense of you dwelling in me encourage me.
Let it strengthen me, and change the way I see myself.
But let it also change how I see others.
Let my eyes and my heart recognise you within them,
Fill me with compassion and love for all that I come into contact with,
And let me treat them as I would treat you.
In Jesus name,
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives among you?