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April 23, 2004
Vol. 45 No. 21

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The Chaplain's Corner

When astronauts spend extended periods of time in zero gravity environments, they often find the resultant weightlessness to be exhilarating.

There are some less pleasant complications as well.

In the absense of gravity's compressive force, the human spinal column expands, and bone mass is lost at a rate of 1 percent each month. Exercise helps preserve muscle tone, but it does not stop bone loss.

Apparently, the stress and pressure of gravity is necessary for good health.

Stress and pressure are normal parts of life in the academic community, and at no time do we feel their compressive force more acutely than at year end.

When you feel stressed, consider the astronauts and remember: stress is necessary for health and growth.

When you feel distressed, remember the Psalmist who prayed, "In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears" (Psalm 18).

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