"Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well." 3 John 1:2 NIV
In this letter, John writes to someone for which he cares much. He wishes him physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, social, occupational, and spiritual wellness. That he might be blessed in the balance of his total self, that all may be well.
We sometimes are guilty of making a distinction between our physical and spiritual worlds. We think of our body and soul as somehow apart. True, our body is weighed by earthly limitations and the other eternally focused, but they reside in the same host. But in God, we find the binding of both. God is in our protons, electrons, and neutrons -- the essential elements -- that comprise our physical bodies. We know he also resides in our souls. Every fiber of our being is connected with God in our creation and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. So, when we give thanks to God, we give him thanks for the totality of us. When we pray, we pray for our total wellness.
God, we give you thanks for the gifts of this earthly body and our spiritual souls. You have created us in your image and reside in us. We pray today for ourselves and others, for the wellness of our entire being. Please fill us with your grace that we may glorify you. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.