Thank you for human ingenuity, God,
for our ability to think and reason
and figure things out.
On this landmark day when a vaccine
to prevent the spread of ebola is announced,
I give thanks for science researchers everywhere.
Thank you for people who toil away
year after year in laboratories,
hypothesizing and testing,
and re-hypothesizing and re-testing.
The result is a world largely free from small-pox,
free from epidemics of polio,
free from the scourge of mumps, measles, tetanus,
and scores more diseases.
Thank you for countries rich enough
to devote money to universal health-care,
and for the doctors and nurses
who give and track vaccines.
In a world where some of our worst enemies
are unseen to the naked eye,
I give thanks for the long lifespan
afforded in this time and this place.
God of hope, we ask that an HIV vaccine
could be found this year.
You know each of the 25 million people lost to AIDS
in the last thirty-five years…
thank you for equipping researchers
with perseverance, insight
and the resources they need to do their work.