At St. Luke’s Hospital in Meridian, Idaho, every organ donor receives a walk of respect. (The video is only two minutes long. I highly encourage you to watch this quiet, respectful moment.) Every available hospital employee stands quietly in the hallway from the ICU to the elevator as the doctors and family escort the patient who is making a final sacrifice. It is the hospital’s way of showing support and gratitude to a family who is suffering and saying their final goodbye.
This simple video made me realize three important things.
1. Sign up to be an organ donor. What an amazing, jawdropping thing it is that the Lord of creation—the Creator of your body—has given doctors the insight and skill to move one piece of a human body into another human and it keeps working! Every single time a donation happens, it really is a miracle, a moment to praise God. Plus, when Jesus returns to earth, he will give you a new body, so why not share this one if at all possible?
2. Tell people about the best organ donation of all time. The greatest organ donation didn’t come with a walk of respect; it came with a walk of shame. When Jesus was walking to the cross, people spit on him, laughed at him, hit him. But he kept walking, taking every single taunt that should have been ours. In what is the greatest sacrifice of all time, he took every ounce of the Father’s punishment for us and gave us credit for every ounce of his obedience. In what is the greatest miracle of all time, he then rose from the dead so we can hear the Great Physician say, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26).
Not everybody has heard this amazing news, which means it’s our privilege and joy to share it.
3. Look forward to the walk of joy. When you believe in Jesus, thanks to his organ donation, the moment you leave this earth, you immediately celebrate the walk of joy in heaven. Every available angel is there, cheering and dancing, singing and praising, as you walk to hug the Father and hear him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Come and share your master’s happiness.”
Linda Buxa is a writer and editor. She is fairly certain she is going to run and tackle-hug Jesus when she finally gets to see him face-to-face.
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