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As you center yourself, think about how you use science and reason in your own life. How has reason helped you come to conclusions about your faith. How has science helped you shape your spiritual life? Read this passage and ponder its meaning for you.

I Say It Touches Us

I say that it touches us that our blood is

sea water and our tears are salt, that the

seed of our bodies is scarcely different

from the same cells in a seaweed,

and that the stuff of our bones is like the coral.

I say that the tide rolls in on us, whether

we like it or no, and the sands of time

keep running their intended course.

I say we have to go down into the wave's trough

to find ourselves, and then ride her swell

until we can see beyond ourselves into

our neighbors eye.

I say that we shall never leave the harbor

if we do not hoist the sail.

I say that we have got to walk the waves

as well as solid ground.

I say that anyone who goes without

consciousness of this will remain

chained to a rusty anchor.

May the journey find us worthy. Amen. — By Marni P. Harmony, in Day of Promise: Collected Meditations, Kathleen Montgomery, editor (Skinner House, 2000, 2001; copyright Unitarian Universalist Association)

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