Friday, May 16, 2008

How Much Life?

Scientific and statistical probabilities demonstrate that if a single shaft of wheat is . . . allowed to freely reproduce and grow, it multiplies into a crop large enough to feed the entire world population--for an entire year -- within only eight years. ~ Neil Cole

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels -- a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. ~ Jesus Christ

Angela was a member of our middle-school youth group back in the late 70's. Friends called to tell us that Angela, now 32, had collapsed at her home and died of a brain aneurysm. Angela had made plans for her life to go on after she left this world -- on the bottom, left corner of her driver's license, written in red, were the words organ donor.

I am looking at the eulogy given at Angela's memorial service. A long list of unnamed organ recipients fill the middle page:

Angela's heart was donated to a 63-year old man

Angela's lungs were donated to a 37-year old woman in critical condition -- they were a perfect match

Angela's liver and one kidney were donated to a 52-year old man

Angela's other kidney was donated to a 53-year old woman in the Mid West and was a perfect match

Angela's pancreas, corneas, skin and other tissue will help more than 50 other recipients at a later time ~

Angela did not choose the time or means of her death, but she did make the choice that death would actually result in life. She had no idea how many lives death would save -- only heaven knows for sure.

Unlike Angela's life in the physical realm, Jesus said that in the spiritual realm we get to choose the means (crucified with Christ), and the time (die daily) of the death of our fallen flesh. In a spiritual sense every believer can be organ donor. We can give it all up. We can die to self. Our death will bring forth life -- only heaven knows for sure how much.

1 comment:

  1. The last paragraph was extremely amazing. I mean, wow. SO good. I don't know how to put that in a better way. But seriously, this blog post is incredible.