By George Morara
The story is told of a little girl 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 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, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “How long until I die?”
In his understanding, the little boy thought he was going to have to give his sister ALL of his blood in order to save her. In his mind, he understood that to save his sister, he’d have to sacrifice his own life- and he willingly went ahead to do just that!
How many of us are willing to be inconvenienced to help others let alone sacrifice our lives? Can we sacrifice our time to visit a lonely anxious dying patient? money for a struggling family? a car for a stranded neighbour, a cloth or a pair of shoes for someone less fortunate? A spare room for the homeless? Do we struggle to give? To help?
Does it occur to us that we are in a position to bless others? Do we just walk by an hungry beggar into a restaurant when we have eaten and would eat again at home?
I know someone who gave up all laid down HIS life for us!
“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”