Brain power (09-03-23)
Bible Readings: Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’ So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1. 26 - 27)
For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. (Psalm 139. 13 – 15)
A Thought March is designated ‘Brain Tumour Awareness’ month by all the brain tumour charities. This is a cause very close to our hearts having lost our daughter, Anna, to a brain tumour nine years ago. Anna first became ill in March 2011, but to be honest, we hadn’t really given brain tumours much thought before that. Now we recognise only too well their devastating effect on not only the sufferer but on their family and friends.
Brain tumours are indiscriminate and frequently affect the most fit and healthy. They are the biggest cancer killer of the under 40s and yet the research into a cure is severely underfunded. I continually marvel at the Brain Tumour Research scientists and their intricate work to understand the brain better and come closer to a cure. There is always more to learn and more to discover.
Time and time again, when I look at the complexity of the human brain, I realize all over again that I am indeed fearfully and wonderfully made. The brain is probably the most complex part of the human anatomy, constantly sending messages all over the body to keep it working properly, and yet we take it for granted. The brain controls thought, memory, emotion, touch, motor skills, vision, breathing, temperature, hunger and every process that regulates our body. I know we know this, but just pause for a moment to reflect. How amazing is that? Allow time to give thanks to God for this vital part of the human body.
What is more, we are made in God’s image. We are born with the ability to be creative and inventive, with a conscience that helps us to distinguish between right and wrong, with freedom of choice and the capacity to unravel complicated problems. Pause again and use those “little grey cells” to marvel at your brain power. Let your thoughts lead you into prayer...
Creator God, I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. Help me to value the power and complexity of my brain and not take it for granted. I hold before God all who suffer as a result of a brain tumour, and pray for scientific breakthroughs for those who work steadfastly towards a cure.
God be in my head, Henry Walford Davies