We are about to celebrate the most important day in Christianity – Resurrection Sunday! – or more commonly known as Easter. Easter can be overshadowed by the commercial end of it – colored eggs, bunnies, and of course, candy. So sometimes it takes determination to focus on what it is really all about. We recently experienced something that made us think twice about the sacrifice that was made for us to celebrate Easter. My husband recently received a kidney transplant. The night that we received the call that they had a possible kidney we were so excited. After 4 1/2 years of waiting on the transplant list, this was really happening. But the nurse explained to us that the kidney was coming from a cardiac donor, or a person who had suffered a heart attack. And she told us that the donor was not yet deceased. It was their opinion that this person was not going to survive much longer and was an organ donor. So they were calling the recipients of the organs to have them be ready to come at any moment for when the time came. So we found ourselves in a very awkward place. On one hand, he could be getting the kidney he’d been waiting 4 1/2 years for. One the other hand, we were waiting for someone to die so this could happen. And there was a family somewhere that was in horrible pain as their loved one was dying. The nurse told us to expect a call back within a couple of hours and to be preparing to come to the hospital when the call came in. So we knew when the call finally came that the donor had died. How could such a happy time for one family be the saddest of times for another. We prayed to thank God for this wonderful thing that was about to happen for us but prayed for comfort and peace for this family who was suffering. Organ donors are life-givers. They are giving second chances to people, many of whom would not live otherwise. I’d never given any thought to the whole process before. Most of the emphasis is always on the joy experienced by the recipient, never really thinking about the life it took to experience that joy. I said all of that to say this – as we approach Resurrection Sunday, remember the sacrifice that was made. Jesus’ life for ours! Jesus was our donor! He gave up his life so that we could experience an eternal life that otherwise would never have been possible. His life became a part of us and He now lives inside of us. The divine transplant!
Have a blessed Resurrection Day!