Reflections on an Autumn Day

Last night my husband and I visited with a high school friend who is now a neuroscientist and Co-Director of the Centre for Brain Health at UBC. He was in town to give a talk about microglia cells. Microglia what?? Yes, microglia cells. He shared with us some of the imaging now being used for looking at brain cells. Microglia are the police officers of the brain. They make sure that everything in the brain is ok. When they detect damage to the brain, they send out signals to the other cells and they encircle it and stop it from spreading.  This works for many types of injuries except Alzheimers and Schizophrenia.

I got thinking about the nature of community and the need to protect one another from injury or hurt, to find a way to promote peace and kindness. I found it interesting that in our bodies certain cells function in this way. Jesus was always looking for ways to promote inclusion and peace amoung people of varying stations in life. And he sent the disciples out with this mandate as well.

It leaves me with the question…..how do we promote healing and peace in our own lives and in the lives of those in our community. Thoughts I have on this cold day in fall.

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