There have been several articles recently that have piled up in the back of my brain. And listening to Matisyahu rap about the world and spirituality, it seemed an appropriate time to bring these articles to your attention.
Genes that control the timing of organ formation during development also control timing of aging and death, and provide evidence of a biological timing mechanism for aging, Yale researchers report in the journal Science.
In other words, the program in our genes that controls when and how we die is all wrapped up in our DNA. When you say someone has good genes you are not kidding. And could it be that people in different ages have lived for different amounts of time based on altered DNA?
And closer to home, the story of a man stranded at sea:
A battered, bruised and lucky yachtsman described in a tearful news conference Friday how he used his newfound faith in God to survive nearly six hours alone in the chilly Pacific off the coast of Southern California.
It was the 23rd Psalm that he said was his deliverance.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want….
A Newport Beach man who fell off his 60-foot powerboat into the ocean Thursday prayed and clung to life on a 2-by-4 before being rescued five hours later.
Craig McCabe, 59, was found shaking and hypothermic, his body temperature eight degrees below normal, when he was rescued by family and friends two miles off the Port of Los Angeles.
“Just when I was about to drown, my brother showed up,” McCabe said Friday.
And the most eloquent part of the story is, that if the boat had not travelled 26 miles into Catalina Island, no one would have known he was missing until it was too late. The chances that the boat would on its own pilot towards the Island, a speck in the vast ocean, is miraculous.