Our bodies are intricate and magnificent creations, filled with mystery and wonder. Yet, somehow, we have a difficult relationship with these gifts of flesh and blood. We have exploited them, shamed them and manipulated them, and our interactions with them have sometimes even become deadly. There are communities that speak up against body shaming. These groups speak the truth that God intends for us: We have been created, named and claimed by a God who sees us as inherently good. But when we left the garden, we stepped out into the world afraid of our bodies. Still, God still sees us as good. As strong. As powerful. As magnificent.
This message is an excerpt of “Genesis and Loving Our Bodies” by Amanda Zentz-Alo from the May 2016 issue of Cafe. Today we remember Nicolaus Copernicus, who died in 1543; and Leonhard Euler, who died in 1783; scientists.