Daily Thanks – 27 of 30

Have anyone ever heard of apoptosis? Perhaps not unless you’re a doctor or biologist. Apoptosis is a form of programmed cell death (PCD).
This sounds bad, but really it is good. In fact, it is necessary for the body to grow properly, and it is another aspect of God’s divine providence for which we should be thankful – the providence of cutting or severing.
PCD is a type of code in our genes that tell the cell it is time to stop growing. An example cited on the web is how, during the embryonic stage, cells between the fingers are programmed to stop multiplying so that the fingers become separated instead of webbed.
All the cells in our bodies need to know when it’s time to stop multiplying, and when to die off, otherwise organs and limbs would continue to grow out of control.
There is not a person out there who does not know someone affected by cancer. Many of our family and friends might be battling cancer right now. It is such a terrible disease and can take so many forms, and it does not discriminate.
But what is cancer? Basically it is a condition where cells do not stop multiplying.  They become immortal and refuse to die off.  With cancer, the divine providence governing apoptosis is somehow not functioning in the body.
Looking at it this way, you can see how the “death” of cells is really a good thing in certain circumstances. It is natural that up to 50 billion cells or more die each day. On Day 27, I am THANKFUL for PCD, even though I never think about it.
Earlier I mentioned that all illnesses are shown out of God’s love to guide on the proper path, never out of punishment. It gives us a chance to reflect on the usage of our minds, and truly appreciate the daily blessings and working of our bodies.
Whenever there is a disorder of the body, we should ponder deeply and make efforts to clear away any mental dusts (greed, arrogance, anger, hatred, self-love, grudge bearing, miserliness, covetousness) we may be harboring.

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I am a fourth generation American of Japanese descent. My great-grandfather immigrated to Hawaii in 1907, and founded Taiheiyo Church in 1931. My grandfather became the 2nd head minister in 1956, and my father succeeded him as the 3rd head minister in 1981. On November 7, 2015, I was installed as the 4th head minister.

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