Omigosh

I can’t believe that I forgot–I know a living kidney donor, who gave his cousin a kidney in 2005.  I was priveleged to pray with a group of us who knew about his decision to donate.  He recently shared some things he wrote about the experience, and I need to see if he’ll allow me to share them here.  It was so helpful, because he spoke about his disappointment when it looked as though he wouldn’t be able to give.  I have been wondering about how I will feel if something prevents our plans from unfolding as we think they might in March, Lord willing.

The best way for me to describe it is to have you think about a time when you knew, without doubt, that you had the perfect gift chosen for someone who couldn’t get this gift by any other means.  It’s not that you are so special, or that the giving is about you, it’s just that you are excited and happy to think about giving. 

We once gave a car to friends who needed one.  It was very fun to see their lives improve so quickly through that gift.  It drew me into God’s Word, looking for the verse that teaches it is more blessed to give than to receive.  I was surprised that the phrase only appears once, uttered by Paul in the book of Acts.  That was years ago, and I seldom give much thought to having given the gift.  I hope they are still enjoying it!  This teaches me that the joy–the blessing is in the anticipation.

Part of what I hope will happen as you read this blog is that you will be inspired to give of yourself too.  If you are, let me know.  Thanks! 

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