Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Saving Lives, part 2

"God is not found in the disease, but rather in the response of people, friends, doctors, family to the challenges we face."
--Rabbi Dan Cohen, in response to a question about God's place in a child with cancer.

Conversations about God were common in the world of pediatric cancer. And the conversations tend to be about a personal God, one who cares and is involved in individual lives. One that is big enough to handle the fear, anger, frustration, and passion of all our emosions. All the traditional religious and theological divisions that too often separate us seem to fall away.

It seems Jesus Christ spent His life ignoring all those same divisions. His focus was on individuals. The one on one. He did not spend a lot of time explaining why bad things happen. Instead, He just walked around fixing them where He saw them. Rather than answer the "why", He preferred focus on our response. "God does not exist in the disease, but rather in the response of people, friends, doctors, family to the challenges we face." And then, after He fixed things, He told us to go and do the same.

So how do we do the great things of God? Well, there are many ways. But in case your looking, here's a great one.

Eve is a 2 year old girl with leukemia, and she is in need of a bone marrow transplant. There currently are no matches available. The technology is available. The doctors are available. The funding, the hospital, and the staff are all in place. But the donor is missing.

That matching donor might be you.

The process of donating marrow is similar to giving blood. The process to register to see if you are a match is just a cotton swab of your cheek. That is what is required to save the life of a 2 year old girl. And if you do not match Eve, you may match someone else. How cool would it be to actually save a life?

Time is running out for Eve. But think about this...time is running out for you. Time to save a life. Time to make an impact. Time to have a legacy. Time to change the world. The clock never stops. For every one of us the clock is continually running. Why would you ever delay?

If you are in the Boston area, there is a Bone Marrow Drive at Congregation Kehillath Israel,
384 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA. Click here for the info.

The Bible says that whoever receives much, much will be expected in return. If you are reading this, it is a safe bet to say you are alive. What greater gift is there than life? Why not pass it on?


Anonymous said...

Amen...Well said!

Debbie said...


The Prayer Warriors at Angel_Wings
are holding a Prayer Vigil on Sunday,
April 19th, between 8-9 pm EST for
all the families on our Angel_Wings
Prayer Lists and our Angel families
of children, teens and adults who
have gained their angel wings.

Thank you for joining us!