Readings: Psalm 24, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25
As the Brain Goes

The presenter at the Memory and Faith Lecture on our campus told us there was scientific proof of a spiritual center in our brains. Additionally, over 1,000 empirical studies validate the connection between spirituality and health. For example, one of the keys to long term health is gratitude. He said, “As the brain goes, the body follows.” How does your brain go? Are your thoughts usually positive or negative? We can aim to be 100 and healthy like Edna and Phyllis, two of our church members nearing a century of faithful life. Certainly our brains should be fed gratitude, resiliency, faith and hope. Paul said to the Romans in our reading, “And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ… who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.” May His grace and peace fill us this holy season! In addition, He loves us and calls us to be His own. So, let’s think about that! With our spirit, mind and body aligned and in Christ, we are ready to give glory to the newborn King! Advent blessings to you, Tracy