Without each unique individual cell doing its job- being fully the cell it was created to be- our whole can quickly be overtaken by mutation and chaos.
To the expanse of the universe all of creation is many and one. Each piece of matter, each spec of life, each person is unique and valuable- just as it is.
The one appears to us only in the wake of the many. This one is not a mashed together stew of uniform consistence or expression- but embraces and expresses the singularity and difference of each specific part.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
One of my favorite parts of being a Mom is noticing how different each of my kids are. From the moment I could feel the girls little bodies in my womb I
could feel their unique structure and disposition. As we have watched Ryan grow and develop we see his specific energy and mannerisms take shape. I love watching them become who they are- in all of their uniquity- and all of their similarity.
May I accept my children for who they are- each and every part of them. May we recognize each part of creation as important and life giving pieces of the whole. May we embracethe many of humanity as enfolded in the vastness of the One.