Friday, February 01, 2008

Blessed Blood

This Tuesday I had the privilege to donate blood to Blood Assurance. I had never given blood before, so I couldn't help wondering whether it would hurt when they began to take it. To my surprise it hardly hurt at all. I could joke with my friends who were also giving blood, ask questions to the nurse, and watch with fascination my blood filling up in the bag. I thought of people that my blood might go to... it might possibly help save a life!

Because much of my blood was taken out, I was advised to sit for a few minutes and get my bearings before I left. About five minutes after they took the needle out, a familiar feeling came across me. I felt like I was in a small tunnel that was rapidly disappearing. People were trying to say something to me, but they looked extremely fuzzy and far away. Yes, I was about to pass out. Previously I had thought that it was only people who were afraid of needles who would faint after giving blood, but I guess not. Thankfully I had good medical attention, and after resting and having a cooling pack on my neck everything was alright again.

Even though I was about to pass out the thought crossed my mind that I would like to donate again. I might feel lightheaded for a few minutes, even a few hours, but wasn't I saving someone by donating? Then I thought about Jesus. He didn't just donate a few pints of blood for someone, He was willing to die that someone may be saved. That someone is you and me. Friend, don't take Jesus' blood for granted. He loves you so deeply that He was willing to give His all for you. That is Blessed Assurance!

14 comments:

Threads Everywhere said...

We are so proud that you desired to share your resources with others! May God continue to show you ways that you may bless others even while you are at school! Just as love prompts you to share, so God's love motivated Him to share EVERYTHING that we may live eternally!

Lisa said...

Tee, I used to give blood to them too. I haven't given in a while because I almost fainted the last time I gave. I should still give since it is saving a life. Thanks for the reminder.

Little Christen said...

Fortunately, I don't weigh enough to give blood :) However, it is a good parallel. Perhaps one day I'll give if I gain some weight...and lose some cowardice. ;)

Per said...

Amen Tee! Beautiful thought! There is wonder working power in the blood!

Chopsticks on Oboe said...
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Chopsticks on Oboe said...

Lisa: I would definitely recommend giving blood. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Christen: God will help you with the cowardice... when you get enough weight (he he). Sophomore twenty here we come :P.

Mom and Dad: amen, I'm so glad that Jesus shared His blood for us. I think not only should we share our blood for others, we should tell them of the true blood that was shed for them!

Jan Robert (Robby) Heiberg said...

Praise the Lord x2!! 1) You were able to save someones life. 2) Jesus died on the cross for you and me.

I guess I should probably start donating blood again...! It takes so little, and gives so much!

Farf/Morfar said...

I have donated blood many times.
When I was a medical student we were paid $25.00 for each donation, and one time I used the money to buy a watch for my sweetheart when she had given birth to our son Paul.

Love, Farf

Farf/Morfar said...

P.S.

My sweetheart still has the watch - after 55 years.

Farf/Farfar

Jan Robert (Robby) Heiberg said...

That's really sweet :)

Chopsticks on Oboe said...

That is so sweet Farf!

Julianne said...

Very nice to read. Thank you, Martina.

By the way, what blood type are you? I'm always curious about that for some reason!

Chopsticks on Oboe said...

Hey Julie,
I'm O positive, almost universal donor. What blood type are you?

Julianne said...

I'm A +...so not even as universal as you are! Thanks for the info. I'm satisfied now! lol