The acknowledgement of the problem, and the harm it causes, is the first step towards any remedy.
The desire for the good life has never been stronger – and yet, the world and our bodies are surrounded by chemicals that are silently harming us.
Medications can be poisonous. Sometimes, the cure is the cause of harm.
How do we know if what we’re pursuing really is turning out for our own good?
We need to break the chains that prevent us from living a truly, healthy life – but to do that, we have to first acknowledge that those chains exist.
Just like harmful chemicals in the air, our sin is all around us, and if we allow it, it can trap us.
Are we willing to let God break the chains that can hold us down?
When we admit the problem, then the remedy comes.
Here’s the confession, taken from the Book of Common Prayer which was read out in the episode
“Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done, and there is no health in us.
“But thou oh Lord have mercy on us miserable offenders. Spare thou those, Oh God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord, and grant, oh most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a Godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy Holy name.”
And from Psalm 51
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Here are some more useful links from the show
- Here’s an explainer of the trail of the “forever chemicals”
- But might these “forever chemicals” be facing extinction? Potentially, according to this article
- Testing viruses is a precarious business. Here’s why scientists do it
- John Donne is one of history’s great poets. Read his poem Batter my heart, three-personed God
- And finally, here’s W.H. Audens wonderful poem September 1, 1939
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