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Laurie suggested that I read a portion of Dr. Paul Brand’s book, In His Image, today. I did, and it bowled me over, not only with its scientific truth, but with its beauty. This is part one of the excerpt. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and are able to rejoice in our Creator’s amazing ability and power.

“For most of us, the organ of blood, if one can think of this fluid mass as an organ, comes to comes to our consciousness mainly when we begin to lose it. Then, the sight of it in tinted urine, a nosebleed, or a weeping wound provokes alarm. We miss the dramatic sense of blood’s power that sustains our lives at every moment.

‘What does my blood do all day?’ a five-year-old child asked, peering dubiously at his scraped knee.

Whereas the ancients would have responded with elegant references to ethers and humours borne in that ‘pure clear lovely and amiable juice,’ perhaps a technological metaphor would serve best today. Imagine an enormous tube snaking southward from Canada through the Amazon delta, plunging into oceans only to surface at every inhabited island, shooting out eastward through every jungle, plain, and desert in Africa, forking near Egypt to join all of Europe and Russia as well as the entire Middle East and Asia—a pipeline so global and pervasive that it links every person worldwide. Inside that tube an endless plentitude of treasures floats along on rafts: mangoes, coconuts, asparagus, and produce from every continent; watches, calculators, and cameras; gems and minerals; forty-nine brands of cereals; all styles and sizes of clothing; the contents of entire shopping centers. Four billion people have access: at a moment of need or want, they simply reach into the tube and seize whatever product suits them. Somewhere far down the pipeline a replacement is manufactured and inserted.

Such a pipeline exists inside each one of us, serving not four billion but one hundred trillion cells in the human body. An endless supply of oxygen, amino acids, nitrogen, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sugars, lipids, cholesterols, and hormones surges past our cells, carried on blood cell rafts or suspended in the fluid. Each cell has special withdrawal privileges to gather the resources needed to fuel the tiny engine for its complex chemical reactions.

In addition, that same pipeline ferries away refuse, exhaust gases, and worn-out chemicals. In the interest of economical transport, the body dissolves its vital substances into a liquid (much as coal is shipped more efficiently through a slurry pipeline than by truck or train). Five or six quarts of this all-purpose fluid suffice for the body’s hundred trillion cells.”

From In His Image, by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey

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