Comfort and Joy: Merry Christmas!
Each week, we’ll share interesting health and healing-related stories in the news. Following is a round up of articles about physical, emotional and spiritual health and healing that could be applied to health ministries.
In her 2012 Christmas message, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori invites us to find comfort and joy in the Lord: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined. - Isaiah 9:2
Sixty-seven Jubilee Ministry grants in 35 dioceses have been awarded in 2012 by The Episcopal Church to support mission and ministry. Health and nutrition are a major outreach category; see the ministries that are being empowered.
‘Tis the season to rejoice in friends and family; we help each other physically, emotionally and spiritually in ways that are tangible and in ways not easily understood. Aline Potvin, ND, discusses the power of social networks in her blog, providing a context for understanding and honoring our relationships.
The holidays can bring on a touch of the blues to more intense feelings of depression. Author Connie Gayhl Knudson lays out an effective strategy to help you move forward. The one thing that could be emphasized is the need for daily exercise: it boosts serotonin and dopamine levels dramatically and helps you feel better quickly.
The Weight Watchers website is a great resource for recipes and advice for people who are embracing a healthier lifestyle. Find out how WW advises to Fit in Fitness at Christmas and choose one or more recipes from a three course Christmas dinner.
Have a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas!
Terra Hoskins contributes to the NEHM and NEAC blog on a freelance basis. Drawing from her background in sales, communications and Internet marketing, she helps organizations create an online presence and use the Internet to expand business. Follow Terra on her blog: http://terrahoskins.com/ and on Twitter: @terrahoskins.
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