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Christians With a Patina Psalm 130

Christians With a Patina

When restoring us, God doesn't eliminate the sheen of age and use.

At a Glance

Restoring a damaged work of art is a tricky process. When the frescos of the Santos Juanes Church in Valencia, Spain, were restored, the technicians didn't wash or scrub, scrape or peel. Instead, they unleashed a flood of microorganisms that cheerily ate away the gunk and grime, revealing the patina beneath. Workers then washed the microbes away to expose the restored painting, and thus an agent of restoration dies in order to accomplish the work of restoration. And therein lies today's lesson.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle reading, see "Grace-onomics," July 2, 2006, at

Bacteria -- let's say germs -- can be the greatest friend of art lovers. And these germs can help restore a painting's patina.

Its what?

Patina -- its natural sheen and luster -- which is often lost through age and use.

But for germs to restore a painting's patina, they must be trained. This leads us to a couple of questions: How in the world do you train bacteria? And...

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