By Ciara Reyes-Ton

A Cell Biologist’s Prayer

You created us in a fearful and wonderful biological process,

knitting us together with cellular adhesions and junctions.

You saw us when we were a hollow-ball of cells,

each blastomere before its differentiation, each germ layer before its formation.

Our morphogenesis was not hidden from you.

You witnessed the genes that orchestrated large-scale cell movements in order to give rise to our body axis, pattern, and shape.

Your eyes saw the epigenetic modifications that like a light-switch silenced or activated expression of unique combinations of genes.

You made the endoderm that gave rise to our inward parts,
the ectoderm for the exterior,
and the mesoderm for everything else.
You know us inside and out.

All the developmental stages of our life were seen before one of them came to be.

How precious are the annotations written about our DNA.   

How vast is the homology between us and other biological species!
How large is our evolutionary family tree.

You have an interest and investment in the biological processes that gave rise to us.

As a reflection of your skill and delight, may we with humility pursue knowledge and uncover the secrets of our making.

Search us, O God, for you know every atrium, ventricle and valve of our heart, forgive us as we forgive others, and lead us to the way everlasting. 


Photo by Nadya from Pixabay.
About the Author

Ciara Reyes-Ton is a biologist, science writer and editor who is passionate about science communication to faith communities. She has a Ph.D. in Cell & Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan. She has served as Managing Editor for the American Scientific Affiliation’s God & Nature Magazine, and previously taught Biology at Belmont University and Nashville State Community College. She is currently the Digital Content Editor for BioLogos and an Adjunct Professor at Lipscomb University. Outside science, she enjoys singing as part of her band Mount Carmell and drinking coffee. She recently released a new single “To Become Human,” a song that explores the biology and theology of what it means to be human. She is also the author of Look Closely, a science and faith devotional that explores the life of Christ by bringing scripture in conversation with science, from water walking lizards to dividing cells and resurrecting corals.

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