I owe you, Lord

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY - Garth A. Rat­tray is a med­i­cal doc­tor with a fam­ily prac­tice. Email feed­back to col­umns@glean­erjm.com and garthrat­tray@gmail.com.

WE GO about our in­di­vid­ual lives co­cooned within our bi­o­log­i­cal bod­ies. We all grow up won­der­ing if there is more to us; an im­mor­tal essence within our clay ves­sel.

But we are in­ti­mately en­twined with all the facets of our phys­i­cal bod­ies, to­tally im­mersed and in­escapably hard-wired into the only real mar­riage that there is – the mar­riage be­tween our body and soul. “To have and to hold, from this day for­ward, for bet­ter, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sick­ness and in health, un­til death do us part.”

They told us that mod­ern tech­nol­ogy would sim­plify our lives. They said that it would re­duce the hours that we work. They said that we would have more time for rest and recre­ation. They lied!

Mod­ern tech­nol­ogy fol­lows us when we walk out the doors at work. Mod­ern tech­nol­ogy stays with us on our jour­ney home. Mod­ern tech­nol­ogy in­vades our homes and steals our per­sonal and fam­ily time. Along with the vi­cis­si­tudes of daily liv­ing, mod­ern tech­nol­ogy dis­tracts us from our in­ner selves and we end up lost and adrift in an ocean of mun­dan­ity.

But there’s a lot more to us. We are more than bil­lions of ran­dom fir­ing neu­rons re­act­ing in mil­lisec­onds to sub­lim­i­nal, overt and ever-chang­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal stim­uli. We are more than cells, sys­tems and or­gans qui­etly car­ry­ing out chem­i­cal re­ac­tions that keep our bod­ies healthy and alive. We are liv­ing souls tem­po­rar­ily en­coun­ter­ing this phys­i­cal realm and shar­ing all our cu­mu­la­tive ex­pe­ri­ences with our Cre­ator.

Most of us ded­i­cate al­most all our con­scious hours try­ing des­per­ately to pave a way for a com­fort­able life for our­selves, fam­ily and per­haps even friends. We are so taken up with sur­viv­ing that we tend to for­get that we are dual in na­ture – phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual – and fail to ac­knowl­edge our heav­enly Fa­ther.

Last Sun­day morn­ing, as soon as I woke up, I wrote this poem:

I Owe You, Lord. I owe You, Lord, for my fore­fa­thers who pre­vailed strug­gles and strife.

I owe You, Lord, for their genes that brought my body to life.

I owe You, Lord, for my parents who put it all to­gether.

I owe You, Lord, for the nour­ish­ment by my um­bil­i­cal cord, my tether.

I owe You, Lord, for giv­ing me the first breath that I breathed.

I owe You, Lord, for the food of milk and sus­te­nance un­til I teethed.

I owe You, Lord, for rais­ing me with a goal in mind.

I owe You, Lord, for fel­low be­ings, although not all of them were kind

I owe You, Lord, for help­ing me to stay out of harm’s way

I owe You, Lord, for re­mem­ber­ing me each and ev­ery day.

I owe You, Lord, for giv­ing me a chance to face any foe.

I owe You, Lord, for test­ing me so I may learn and grow

I owe You, Lord, for strength­en­ing me when­ever I find life hard.

I owe You, Lord, for keep­ing me on my spir­i­tual guard.

I owe You, Lord, for show­ing me the beauty all around.

I owe You, Lord, for re­mind­ing me that your love will al­ways abound.

I owe You, Lord, for fam­ily and friends to share my jour­ney with.

I owe You, Lord, for be­ing there when life throws up a glitch.

I owe You, Lord, for never leav­ing me, even when I for­get about You.

I owe You, Lord, for Your promise to be ever faith­ful, ever true.

I owe You, Lord, for guid­ing me through ev­ery path my life did take.

I owe You, Lord, for help­ing me make the right de­ci­sions.

I owe You, Lord, for your gen­tle re­minders that I’m only a vis­i­tor here.

I owe You, Lord, for show­ing me that one day my soul I must lay bare.

I owe You, Lord, for the chance to share in your Cos­mos, oh, so great.

I owe You, Lord, for the gift of life so I may carve my fate.

I owe You, Lord, for ev­ery­thing from the gi­gan­tic to the very small.

I owe You, Lord, for my very soul; I’ll re­turn it to you at the end of it all.

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