My passion for DNA in my teen years served as a catalyst to pursue a career in science education in the 1980's. Surprisingly, what the scientific community knew about DNA then has changed quite a bit over the years. Some of what was thought to be true simply wasn't, some of what we have discovered has been shocking. Reminds me of the course we are on at UCH presently. My participation in last years Ministerial Search Committee was a blessing that lay bare some new truths about us.
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If you're a LOTR fan, you are probably familiar with these words by J. R. R. Tolkien: "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." In my sermon I will use these kinds of door metaphor quotes from literature and elsewhere as jumping-off points for sharing some of my life experiences and personal beliefs.
Although the abandoning of babies on doorsteps is still a very real phenomenon, it has also become a modern trope of storytelling and for good reason. The plight of the doorstep baby is compelling for anyone who has ever felt lost or abandoned. But, ultimately, foundling is an avatar of hope and self-reliance.