Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mirzapur.

Was in Mirzapur for the village clinic.The clinic space was a private house ,a space in an extended room with three charpoys.It belonged to the municiple candidate who's election results were expected the next day.Mirzapur is a muslim settlement and that is it!I had never been to a purely muslim settlement as such, so it was a little surreal for me.The houses had a typical muslim architecture with a mosque right in the middle of the chowk.The village was peaceful,prosperous and at their daily living.....farming,weaving ,praying,children going to school.One could hear the cry of Allah...o...Akbar...from the mosque in the quiet of the afternoon.The house owner himself laid out a table and a chair for me.
We had the regulars coming in for their quota of medicines.Some of them followups from HCH happy to see a familiar face......
Something that one of our seniors left behind a few days ago has been hovering around in my mind.While taking a lecture on ethics,there were a few words that somehow made a quirky impression on me and does not seem to be going away!One comparison she made was of the word 'reproduction'as science addresses it, to the biblical word 'procreate'.It had never struck me how demeaning the word actually was,so as to imply you and I are just reproductions as is a thing reproduced in a factory line........
It's so different to the christian context where the Lord specifically addresses Jeremiah one of the prophets and tells him ...'Before I formed you in your mother's womb I knew you,before you were born I sanctified you,I ordained you a prophet to the nations.'Jeremiah 1,vs 5.
Sometimes when there are hordes and hordes of humanity falling upon you like my experience has been in most of UP.....this comes back as a reminder...that every one of them has an 'intrinsic value',is made in the image of God..every single one of them is important...in the eyes of God who 'procreated' them and not reproduced them.

2 comments:

Toyin O. said...

Amen, we all equally important in God's eyes.

http://youcanfacetodaybecausehelives.blogspot.com/

Andi and Sheba Eicher said...

Thanks for the excellent writing Cherring. I think that the whole business of community health / reproductive health has become so mechanised. How quickly we treat people like text book images...

May we as Christ-followers approach the whole area with humility and a great reverence for our creator (not necessarily for 'life') knowing that we are 'fearlfully and wonderfully made'

blessings from Andi and Sheba - your fans in Thane!