Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
My friend Sharon has given me permission to share her story. Her family has been going through, for real! You see, her brother was diagnosed with leukemia and he desperately needs to find a bone marrow donor for a transplant. I am not sure just how many of their siblings were tested to see if they would be a match, but it was more than one. They tested the males first since they would have a much greater chance for a successful match than the females. Once the brothers were ruled out for various reasons, the doctors turned to the sisters.
Sharon was sent a test kit from her brother’s doctors in Buffalo, NY. The kit had to be taken to her doctor’s office so they could oversee drawing the blood and send the sample back as soon as possible. As she sat and watched her blood go into the test vials, Sharon told me that she was moved by this whole process to give God praise. She told God, this is YOUR blood anyway! Because You died for me and took my place, I am here! She felt no fear as she watched, and was surrounded by a sense of peace. She walked out praising God! I know she has been praising for healing since the diagnosis was first made. Her faith has been strong that God would heal and deliver in her family.
Turns out, after five days of waiting, Sharon is a match and will be flying out to Buffalo next week to have the painful procedure that will extract her bone marrow so it can be given to her brother. I asked her if she knew it would not be a picnic for her. She told me she was willing to do it despite the pain. The benefit would be worth any pain she had to endure – there was no other way her brother could be saved! As she was talking to me, we both began to praise God for the BLOOD!!!!! Can you already see where I am going? Hallelujah!! Her brother’s only chance of survival is to have his sister’s bone marrow transplanted into his. With her marrow, regeneration of healthy cells will begin in his body and essentially new life will begin! This sister is willing to go through the discomfort of the procedure because she knows without a doubt that she is doing it to save her brother’s life. What an example of love and unselfishness!
I was so keenly reminded that our only chance of survival still is JESUS! He laid down His life for us and shed His blood for me and for you! His life for ours! He endured the weight of the world on Him at Calvary and did it willingly. His sacrifice has given me a chance at a new life that I did not deserve but have anyway! He did it knowing this was the only way to save humanity from the grips of hell.
My hurts and worries have dimmed as I realize how much my friend will have to go through to save her brother. How many people die while waiting for donors?! I now have to check myself. Would I really be willing to endure such pain for my brothers or sister, for close friends? Would I truly do all I could to help someone in need whether I knew them or not? If anything I owned or was a part of me was someone’s only chance of survival, would I give it willingly? I pray that my answer will be YES to each question but if I am honest, I fear it just may not be. I challenge us all to remember that we are here because somebody sacrificed so we could have. Jesus sacrificed His very life so that we could live. Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Lord, we thank you for the miracle in the match between siblings! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I pray that You will take over the procedures and make everything go smoothly as the healing begins. Send your comfort and strength to this family as they nurture two members back to full health. Help the selfish parts of me that would hesitate to help people You died to save. I want to be a light for You! Let me have a YES spirit each and every day! In Jesus Name I pray! Amen!
Until Next Time, I Remain
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