From A Cell
Off the Wall, January 20
, 2012

Looking down at one’s hand, it is hard to imagine just how many cells comprise the area between one’s wrist and one’s fingers. Yet, when each of us began life, we started from one cell and grew from there.

When I think of the word “grow,” what comes to mind is the four-letter word, “life.”

You have it, so do I. It is a wonderful gift from God. To think that He created us to be who we are, where we are, in the form and color He wished us to be, is simply fantabulous. I would have used the word “amazing,” but I understand, after reading The Latrobe Bulletin recently, that one should discard that word from his future vocabulary, so I have to write as society dictates (maybe just this one time).

When I think of life, I also gave thought to John Boesier, who was in an automobile accident. For two months, he lay in a hospital bed, his wife, Judy, by his side most of the time. One day, as she was gazing at him, she noticed something that caught her by surprise. His index finger started to move slightly. Quickly, she hastened to the nurses’ station to summon someone there. She exclaimed, “ I think John has come back to ‘life.’ His finger moved.” Here we have an example of “life” within “life itself.” What a blessing. From there, John would make a full recovery over a period of time.

What came to mind next appeared in the Holy Scriptures from John 6:35: “Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and who ever believes in me will never thirst.”

We, who are educated to the facts, know a lot about Jesus. First, He is a part of the Trinity – God, the Father, God the Son (Jesus, by name), and God, the Holy Spirit, all as One, but also known by name, each separately. We know that for a fact, when Jesus came into the world, born of a virgin among men here on earth, He walked among many until His death on a cross.

What was so beautiful and continues for us today, is His story of life and love, and where we fit into the picture. His love for us is so strong each and every day, that we can’t fathom the extent in our finite minds.

But, also mentioned in the Bible, among many passages, is the following: John 6, verse 47: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life; (48) I am the bread of life; (51) I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

Skipping down to verse 54 is the well-known verse: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

It doesn’t take much to realize, we have been granted not one, but two lives – one at birth when we were formed in our mother’s womb and grew as a live child from the time of inception. Our second life comes when we decide, upon our own free will, to not only ask Jesus to become a part of our lives, but also partake of the Eucharist, consuming His Body and His Blood whereby His life becomes part of ours.

Truth exists that free will enters into everything we do. That helps make our life what it is. One who thinks he can do everything on his own, without the help of God, Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit, will never be able to feel peace and security, direction in everyday living and comfort of knowing he will eventually obtain eternal life. To verbally state, “I can do it myself,” or “I don’t need God in my life,” is practicing freewill thinking from a mind floundering in open waters, reaching out for something to grab onto, but walking to darkness, void of the light of Christ. Free will can lead one to good choices, or, on the other hand, bad ones that have everlasting effects.

One may think as he wishes. That’s free will. I will always back the idea that God gifted my parents with free will to have a baby boy – me. I started as a cell from inception and grew. From one cell, I became God’s unique creation. As the day commemorating Roe Vs. Wade approaches, may we never forget who created us. Yes, there are those who feel it is their free will to destroy God’s gift to man – life. We as Christians know better, I hope, that to honor life is to walk with God, not destroy it. 

- Paul J. Volkmann
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