Bromeliads, Microbes, and Nourishment

A Bromeliad Bloom

Good Day, God!

After entering Week Three of Not-Being-Well, I now have a whole new respect for Viruses and for our immune systems. My latest relapse was just a slight sore throat and one or two Sweating periods. But, it resulted in my canceling my long anticipated Day Out and going to bed.

Sigh. This is Humility Writ Large, God!

Oh? . . . No? . . . This is Humility in a Very Small Dose. Dang! You are right. It is a very small dose. Not like a Major Illness. Just a Nudge reminding me of my Mortality . . . need for self care . . . and an awareness of my Impermanent but Lovely Body.

Why has this taken me so LONG to learn, God? Oh! I say that as if I HAVE finally learned how to care for myself. I haven’t. I am learning. That too is humbling.  Oh such slowness!

Speaking of slowness I just read in the latest Discover magazine about microbes living in muddy sediment from 86 million years in our “past.” They have been living in that mud for that long. But, to do that they have to utilize the scarce oxygen at a rate two-millionth that of the cells in our human bodies. The scientist who discovered them, Hans Roy says that “they are hanging on in a state of sustained starvation.” Talk about living on the Slow Track!

Gosh, God. That phrase — a state of sustained starvation — conjures up all sorts of thoughts. You have set us in a Time and Place of Great Nourishment. All around me is food for my Mind, my Heart, my Body and my Spirit. I am free to feed myself — to nourish and be nourished by beautiful bromeliads, by family and friends, by tsunamis of information — and by You.

Let me go now and sit quietly before You in Centering Prayer.

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