Immediately before I see my doctor, a nurse will have me step onto a scale to see how much I weigh, take my blood pressure, as well as blood oxygen level, and then take my temperature. The nurse will also typically ask if there are any changes to my current medications, as well as any supplements I may be taking.
As a matter of fact, I do take a few supplements, and I have talked about them with the nurse as well as my doctor. I won’t list all of them here. However, one of them is a multi-vitamin.
What are the benefits of taking such a pill? For one, it helps me to fill in certain nutritional gaps where my diet may possibly be lacking.
A person should eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Ideally, vitamins and minerals should be obtained through natural food sources and not a pill. However, I’ve found that eating properly may not always be easy to achieve, especially in our day and age, being that we have a lot of processed foods and additives, and I can’t always eat a home-cooked meal.
Now, keeping the above in mind: Could I claim that my religious expression is somehow a supplement? I would say, in some ways, that is it.
For me, I need the added structure that reading Scripture provides, as well as a set of practiced beliefs. This includes weekly worship on the first day, to set me straight for the rest of the week as I encounter others. This is part of the rhythm of my life and very being.
This supplement is added to my deficiencies – among them, my human, self-centered tendencies. I have faith – and little doubt – that this gives me greater spiritual health.
One of the most important ingredients in this supplement is grace. I know I need to take this pill every single day. It has been approved by The Great Physician. Do you as well?
Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for more than 30 years.