Monday Ministerial Musings

By Rev. Mark William Ennis

Blog Number 28

July 13, 2020

What You Don’t See Can’t Hurt You?

I was told as a child that “what you don’t see can’t hurt you.” This was in response to my fear of my basement, where I was convinced a monster hid. This monster hid between the furnace and the hot water heater. My grandmother assured me that if I did not see a monster, there was no monster.

In hindsight I am surprised that my mother tolerated this opinion. Afterall, she was an RN who knew well what micro-organisms could do to a body. She knew that some of the greatest dangers to a person were things that one could see without a microscope. How many of us have suffered illnesses, not just from micro-organisms, but also toxins that humans have placed in the earth?

I recently read a story that the city of Paris has begun a project of cleaning canals. The project has begun with the St. Martin canal. The canal was drained and workers were horrified at the amount and type of garbage that was found at the bottom of the drained canal. There were bicycles, shopping carts, luggage and mountains of discarded plastic and aluminum cans. No one knows how many chemicals were placed in this canal, not to mention the other canals of Paris.

There is a debate in Paris as to how dangerous this polluted canal was to the health of Parisian citizens and some outcry that the canal was to be so polluted for so long. Many believe that many illnesses in Paris were caused by this lack of care of Paris’ great canals.

Let us all be warned. What we can’t see can hurt us. The earth that we have is a precious gift and each of us must be diligent in caring for it. When we do not, we only hurt ourselves.

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I have been a Reformed Church in America pastor and Christian Author since 1984. In addition I am certified Crisis Counselor, certified Disaster Chaplain and have two units of Clinical Pastoral Education.

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