The gift of life

I donated blood today. I have been donating since I was a freshman in collage. Except for a period when my ulcerative colitis was active, I have been a regular donor. Why do I mention this today? There is a severe shortage of blood due to the extreme weather we have experienced this winter. With all the ice people were unable to get out to donate.

Now this is just here in the Gulf Coast. I can only imagine how the weather affected the rest of the country. Donated blood saves lives. I have personal experience with this life saving aspect of blood donations. We had a final Christmas with my dad. He had to have blood during surgery for lung cancer. He needed additional blood during his hospital stay. Dad died five days after Christmas, but that final Christmas meant the world to me and my family.

Now an even better note, one of my brothers needed blood when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Not only did the donation save his life and allow for successful surgery but my brother has been cancer free for over five years.

Donating blood is easy. I entered the Blood Center and was out the door 45 minutes later. Not only is donating quick, it is relatively painless. You will feel a bit of pain similar to that felt during a routine inoculation. Donating blood is easy. I entered the Blood Center and was out the door 45 minutes later. Not only is donating quick, it is relatively painless. You will feel a bit of pain similar to that felt during a routine inoculation. Finally donating is something you can do up to six times a year. That is a lot of lives impacted.

The Bible tells us that life is in the blood. While blood donations are not what was meant, still blood is life. When you donate you give people additional life. Life with family, life with friends, and just maybe additional time to make a life changing decision. The decision to accept Christ.

So, if you have never donated please consider making a donation. If you have donated in the past, please consider starting back. Blood donations are one of the few times an ordinary person can save lives.

Have a blessed day,

David

About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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