Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Temple or God?


Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Cor. 4: 19-20

I flip through a myriad
Of glossy facade
And I wonder if our bodies
Are a temple
Or god
No mention made
Of the heaven-breathed dust
As air-brushed perfection
Arouses our lust
Look ten years younger!
Feel like twenty-four
Eat all you want
And lose inches galore
Laser to rob us
From the laugh-lines of life
There is Botox to numb
Or transformation of knife
Because looking your age
Is becoming a crime
None should surrender
To the soft touch of time
Cosmetics to paint
What cannot be ‘helped’
A vitamin drink
Is a miracle, gulped
Bleach, dye, remove
We are commodities
In the world’s most thriving
Of industries
As photo-shop images
Seduce the mind
In a quest that is hopeless
For we cannot find
Life’s rich contentment
In this transient facade
If our body becomes
Not the temple, but
A god…

© Janet Martin
Yes, I totally believe in taking care of our bodies…
because they are ‘a temple…’
God, let me not be so consumed by it that it becomes a god…

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