A Prayer about the Genome

Petri dishes for medical research

O God,

We praise you that we are
fearfully and wonderfully made.

We praise you for the human genome.
We praise you for all the stuff of which we are made.

We praise you that our
genome contains chromosomes,
which in turn contain genes,
which in turn contain DNA.

We praise you that every person’s genome
is 99.9% the same as every other person’s.

Help us remember that.

Help us always keep this in mind, when we think

about people,
about relationships,
about politics,
about “foreigners,”
about race,
about immigrants,
about nationalities,
about ethnicities,
about us, and
about them,

that we are, every last one of us,

99.9% the same.

We also praise you for the uniqueness in each person’s genome.

We praise you that we are not all exactly the same.
We praise you that we’re not boring.
We praise you for what we all bring to the table.

Help us embrace our sameness and our uniqueness.
Help us see how wonderful it all is.
Help us see how wonderful we all are.

While we’re at it, we also praise you that we are
only 99% the same as our closest genetic relative,

the chimpanzee.

We really, really praise you for that.

Amen.

Source: www.genomenewsnetwork.org.

This post originally appeared at Prayer 365.

Michael Ruffin is husband to Debra and father to Joshua (Michelle) and Sara (Benjamin). A graduate of Mercer University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he has previously served as a pastor and as a university professor. He lives on the Ruffin Family Farm in Yatesville, Georgia. You can visit and communicate with him at MichaelRuffin.com. He is the Connections Series Curriculum Editor.

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