Inspired by Chet Raymo, “Borne on a sea of vital dust,” The Boston Globe, June 9, 1997. See also his blog at http://www.sciencemusings.com/about/ (retrieved September 19, 2013.)
Each of us is host to millions of gut bacteria and airborne microbes! Maybe we are not the only biological species with which God enjoys intimacy, but we seem to be the only species that has forgotten who we are as God’s creatures; the only species that has tried to usurp God’s place, position, power, possibilities, work, and thus the only species needing redemption. Did you ever see an elephant try to be God? Or a dog try to be a man and usurp the role of a human? Does a bird try to be a rabbit? Or a whale a horse? Yet we try to be God.
When we destroy your forests, and lose their secrets of healing,
Your providential penchant reveals new cures in caves
that are more protected against our onslaughts.
You are determined to save us from ourselves.
How long will you redeem us as a species?
Physically we serve as hosts to millions of your bacteria.
Is this why you let us live?
Creator of the cosmic imperative
toward chemical complexity,
biological bounty, and
Poet of the litany of life,
delighting in life’s diversity,
restoring life’s resiliency,
protecting life’s potential abundance of animation;
When the storms come, is anything lost?
Is it not all restored again to the One – the Oneness of creation, creativity?
Who am I as an individual in the stream of the cosmic imperative?