Pray for your microbes
Fascinating piece in Newsweek last week:
It's a great article, I recommend reading the whole thing if you find new scientific discovery as exciting as I do. Basically, what they're saying is many—most—of the microbes that inhabit our bodies are beneficial and in fact essential to normal human existence. By trying to stamp them all out with antibacterial soaps or aggressive antibiotics, we cause our bodies to lose their natural ability to fight off any harmful effects.
This made me remember what I said to someone some years ago, when they asserted, "Christian Scientists—you're the ones who don't believe in germs." (Has anyone else ever heard that?) What I said in response was, "Sure, germs exist, I know they're in there. I just don't think they can harm me."
No microbe of any kind has the power to harm you. You can exist in harmony with all of them. As expressions of Life, they are hard coded to be life-giving and harmonious. I think it's our own fear that causes the harmful effects.
So, in essence, we can pray to see the true identity of our microbes. Maybe that's weird, but I think there's something in it. We can pray that they, just like all forms of Life, fulfill their purpose as life-giving and sustaining, harmonious and beneficial. We can pray that they not be used in any harmful way by mortality or sin. We can "know the truth" about them, and this can bring us healing.
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