Matthew 20:28 - Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
We’ve heard stories of patients who are on the donor list waiting for a transplant. Some have a disease that has been affecting an organ, while others may have been in an accident leaving an organ no longer viable.
A patient may have to wait a long time before the right donor comes along. There are criteria which enables an organ to be acceptable including the right blood type and if the organ is in healthy condition. In addition, there is a donor list of individuals who need organ transplants, and they must wait until their name is at the top of the transplant list.
There is also the family of the donor that comes into play. Even though someone may have consented to be a donor either on their driver’s license or through their Living Will, the family can have trouble letting go. Though the person may be deceased, loved ones may still feel connected to them. This calls for the right kind of counseling to insure the loved ones let go as soon as possible so that the organ has a chance to make it to another who needs it quickly.
I’ve listed some of the steps to giving and receiving a donated organ. Let’s take a closer look at the process of someone receiving a donated organ. Organdonor.gov in their article, “The Deceased Donation Process,” such as registering as a donor, medical care of potential donors and brain death testing.
All of these things come into play. While all of the complications and requirements to receive a donated organ can seem daunting, to give someone a second chance in life, is truly the ultimate gift.
This is what Jesus was talking about in the Bible verse above except he gave his all to give us life. Now we can become donors and give the parts of our bodies to save another’s life and make the recipients whole again. We can be that ransom for many who would die if it wasn’t for the transplant. Please consider becoming a donor.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.