Friday, August 24, 2007

Life Lesson - Sacrifice

Again, would you mind saying a prayer for my mom? She goes in for exploratory surgery this morning for pain that she's been having in her abdomen. Her name is Cora and she means so much to me, even if I don't tell her enough. Thanks in advance for being prayer warriors on her behalf.

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Many years ago, when a woman worked as a volunteer at a hospital, she got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.


The doctor explained the situation to her little brother and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. The little boy hesitated for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her."


As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as the medical team did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away?"


Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.


(Lord, let me remember that my brother Jesus gave all of his blood for me. The least I can do is to follow his example to give all of me for others. Teach me to do so with a joyful, grateful heart.)

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