Gift of Life
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at Stanford Hospital, I got
to know a little girl named Liza who was suffering from a disease and needed
a blood transfusion from her five-year-old brother, who had miraculously
survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat
The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and
asked the boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw
him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes,
I'll do it if it will save Liza."
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in
bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, 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, "Will I start to die right
away?" Being young, the boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was
going to have to give her all his blood.
Addendum -- John 15:13 (NIV) "Greater love has no one than this, that one
lay down his life for his friends."
[ Unknown source -- from Chuck K. ]
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