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Water as Therapy

2nd Quarter 2010 Lesson 4 Thursday

Read John 9:1-11, the story of Jesus healing the blind man from birth. What is different about this healing miracle in comparison to some of the others? See for instance Matt. 8:8-13; 9:2-7; Luke 8:46, 47. What possible meaning could be found in this difference, if any?

Well, the blind man in the book of John was asked to wash in the pool of Siloam and afterwards he was able to see. His neighbors and the people who knew that he was blind did not believe at first. But the man testified that he was the blind man. The other healing miracles, from the centurion to the woman afflicted with a blood disorder, were not told to wash in a pool or body of water. Their faith is strong that Jesus can heal them and he did so.

How conscientious are you with your health habits in general? That is, how could you be taking better care of yourself now? Why wait until your bad habits make you sick? How much better it would be to start following good health principles now and prevent disease instead of going through the hassle of seeking to be cured.

I am not very careful with my health habits. These things, I still take for granted because I still don’t feel the consequences. I know it is bad but we always try to eat healthy foods here by eating fruits, cooking vegetables and most of our meat comes from fish. Exercise is not a favorite either. Sometimes I do this but the commitment to continue and making it a part of my daily routine is always waning come 2nd week. I know I should be more better than this.

Anyway, I guess I understand now the Bible readings above. The man was born blind and it wasn’t his or his parent’s fault. He was told to wash away his sickness. The lesson is clear. Yeah, we shouldn’t wait to be sick before we changed our bad habits. There are a lot of good guidelines around that can be followed simply to have a healthy, better life.

I remember back in elementary, our Pathfinder instructors emphasized about a NEWSTART program and would let us memorize the meaning of these acronyms. I recall the Pathfinder Law and nostalgia of the activities we did in the Pathfinder club. It brings a smile into my face to recite these:

The Pathfinder Law is for me to:

  • Keep the Morning Watch,
  • Do my honest part,
  • Care for my body,
  • Keep a level eye,
  • Be courteous and obedient,
  • Walk softly in the sanctuary,
  • Keep a song in my heart,
  • Go in God’s errands.

It’s a very simple guide for young children. Sometimes we absently recite these before but now I understand how important it is for us. We were also taught of the NEWSTART and what it means. I got this picture from the NEWSTART PROGRAM by Weimar Center of Health and Education but you get the general idea.

Now the question here would be, Will I be able to follow this? I have to I guess. There is no way but to observe healthy practices. As what this lesson advise, we should not just stand by and once we get sick, we would turn the world over looking for a cure when it can be prevented in the first place.


The Power of Water

2nd Quarter 2010 Lesson 4 Wednesday

“But they that wait upon the Lord and renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”. Isaiah 40:31

Meditate upon this text. What promises can you take from it for yourself? How can you apply it to yourself?

I understand that anything can be possible with God. He can give us new life and power. It’s like adrenaline. It pumps you up and you can continue all the good things you’ve done in spreading God’s message in tireless devotion. I don’t know if I can apply it to myself in that context. Most of what I did back in MountainView College was joining church visitations every Saturday where we lead songs, give story telling portions on Sabbath school and help in organizing songs and stories for the children. I know how Jesus Christ empowers us. I’ve seen them or heard about it from people who were intensely devoted in spreading the word of God.

The lessons also states an example about a study of two groups of athletes. One group consumed water as much as they lost in their sweat while the other group were deprived of it. After the experiment, the latter group felt that they could continue for more hours while the former were exhausted after 3 hours.

Undeniably, water gives us power and energy. It has a lot of benefits to our body considering water makes up more than half of our body weight. Nevertheless, we should drink what is recommended. Such in all things, it can be bad in excessive amounts which may lead to water intoxication.

How much water are you drinking each day? Make a conscious choice to keep track of how much water you are drinking, and if you’re not getting enough, what’s holding you back from doing something so simple, and yet holds so many benefits for you?

I am not an avid water drinker. I don’t keep track of how much water I have taken in a day. There are days that I comply and some where I forgot that I have drank so little. When I find my urine color to be unsatisfactorily, that is when I save face. But really as what this lesson has taught me, I should know my water intake and appropriately follow the guidelines. It is simple and it shouldn’t be overlooked.

I found this website, Mother Nature Network, that has this Hydration Calculator to calculate our hydration needs based on gender, age and weight. Well, it said that I need to drink 91 oz or 9 cups of water/beverages daily. Let’s drink to that.

SSL4 Tuesday: The Uses Of Water

I haphazardly wrote this last night so it came off as short in substance.

I wasn’t able to buy the quarterly lessons and when I asked the conference here, they told me it’s sold out already. After the scare I had last monday, I promised to bring myself back to God after wandering aimlessly for a whole year. But where to start? I haven’t been to church for a long time and I’m not going to just wait for the weekend. So I search for the quarterly lessons on the net and found them here. I decided to also blog about those questions found in the lesson. I just wanna get those thoughts out there. I wanna look back to what I have posted here and reflect if I actually understood what I was reading.

So the lesson for tonight is entitled The Uses of Water.

We all know about the uses of water. We can enumerate a lot from hydration, cleanliness, refreshment, and other healthful benefits.

Read Lev. 11:40, 13:6, 34, 53, 54; 15: 1-13. What point comes through here?

In those text, it also talks about cleansing rituals that the Israelites will have to do when cleansing someone with leprosy, or susceptible to it or even when the priest went inside the tabernacle. They ought to wash their hands and feet.

Now we all know how hand washing can prevent spread of disease and its really practical advice given that there were no scientist back in the day to tell them that there millions of germs in the hands alone.

On a related note, I have also found a good website, Mother Nature Network, that helps you to calculate your hydration needs. It tells me that I need 91 oz, which translate to 9 cups of water or other beverages every day. I’m not really an avid water drinker so I guess I should change this too.