A Moment for Mission
“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.” -- Psalm 42:1, NRSV
Today is Organ and Tissue Donor Sunday, an opportunity to center on a ministry that is truly an act of love.
Everybody loved Nikki. Gifted songwriter. Authentic southern chef – spoon bread was her mouthwatering specialty. She was every child’s favorite aunt, every woman’s best friend and every man’s crush.
Long before she got sick, Nikki told her Baptist pastor that she wanted to donate her eyes to blind person when she died. Her signature green eyes, she hoped, would allow someone else to see God’s miracles. However, when Nikki was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at age 22, her good intention became a heartbreaking reality – with a setback. The proximity of the tumor to Nikki’s left eye disqualified her as a donor.
Although her parents regretted someone blind would not benefit from Nikki’s gift, they hoped the same good intention could help someone in need of Nikki’s strong heart. Two hearts in one – which, too, would be miraculous!
Three years later, a seminary graduate who shares Nikki’s healthy heart, serves the people of The United Methodist Church with compassion and love.
The United Methodist Church encourages all United Methodist members and others to become organ and tissue donors by signing and carrying cards, driver’s licenses or other forms of identification noting their commitment to do as Christ did – giving one’s life that we may have life in its fullness.
Healing God, you bless me so much, and I can share my blessings in unimaginable ways. Let me live fully and ably as I share the importance of organ and tissue donation with others. Amen.
From Discipleship Resources: Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost/in Kingdomtide - Living God, you miraculously provide for our needs, beyond what we could imagine. Thank you for showing us people of faith who live according to your Word. Guide us by your Spirit to be like the poor widows of ancient days—people who trust in you wholeheartedly. Free us from fear, so that we will open our hands and faithfully share our tithes and offerings. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. (1 Kings 17:8-16, Mark 12:38-44)
On Organ and Tissue Donor Sunday, United Methodists are encouraged to pull out wallets and dig into purses in search of organ-donor cards. If your card is a no-show or you have not checked the box on your driver’s license, you are committing a life-depriving – instead of a life-giving – act.
Can you do for others what you hope others would do for you? The odds are not solid you would receive a bone marrow, lung, kidney, pancreas, liver or intestine transplant if you needed it. What if stem cells, a new cornea, a middle ear, skin or bone were not available?
The United Methodist Church wants you to know that today 21 people will die waiting for transplants that cannot take place. Now 124,000 men, women and children need lifesaving organ transplants. Every 10 minutes, another name is added to the national organ-transplant list.
Have you ever told anyone you would give an arm and a leg to help him or her? Put it in writing. God bless you!