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4/28/2019 12:21:00 AM
Give Life
Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is  10% what happens to you and  90% how you react to it.'

Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 
10% what happens to you and 
90% how you react to it.'

Rev. Susan Smith Walker
Emanuel Reformed Church

John 15:12-13
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Last week we celebrated Easter, the time when we remember how much God loved us through Jesus who freely gave his body so that we could have life and have it more abundantly.

Jesus set an example for us that giving his body brought life to humanity. I think about this a lot. In Luke 10 an expert in the Law asked Jesus “Who is my neighbor?” and the answer came in the parable about the Good Samaritan who stopped to help the man in need even though he didn’t know him. In other words, all people are our neighbor and we should help them if we can even if we don’t know them. Jesus said to the man who asked the question – “Go and do likewise.”

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My friend Holly Howell has a testimony of healing that gives us real opportunities to go and do likewise. Holly was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at 6 years old. By the age of 36 her kidneys failed and she had to go on dialysis. She was extremely ill and in need of a new kidney and pancreas to save her life. Many people in our world need an organ transplant in order to live but the waiting lists are long and some die waiting. Perhaps you or someone you know is on a waiting list now for a heart, liver, or kidney - hoping that someone will be a suitable organ donor.

Holly was very fortunate because after three years she received a new kidney and pancreas at age 39 from a donor who was 19 years old. It saved her life. Today she is a cheerleader for organ donation, spreading the word that we can give life by giving our bodies to help others live.

As we remember how Jesus gave his body for us, let us consider giving our bodies as organ donors so we can go and do likewise. After we are gone from the earth we will not need our organs but others in desperate need do, and they would love to have them. Some of us have made that decision and designate ourselves as organ donors on our driver license. How wonderful that God created us so that we could share our organs with someone in need!

My mother and father gave it all in one final generous act by donating their whole body to science so that medical students could learn human anatomy and be healers for those who are sick. Whole body donation is a decision made before death and can relieve families of the financial burden of cremation or burial. Cremated remains are returned to the family after the time of study is finished.

Would you like to be an organ donor? Would you like to go and do likewise so others can live? Jesus gave his body and so can we. Being an organ donor costs us nothing while we are alive and gives life after we are gone to be with the Lord. For more information, go to:

  • Lifeshare of the Carolinas (800)-932-4483
  • Full Body Donation at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine (919)-966-1134

Don’t forget to RSVP for the special free luncheon for my readers on May 23, 2019 at noon at Emanuel Reformed Church! RSVP to 828-962-8196 or

Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church

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