Looking for that perfect last minute Christmas gift? The one that keeps on giving? Here’s an idea from today’s guest blogger, Lynn Donnan. The story you are about to read is remarkable, but true. And it traces a path to the true meaning of Christmas.
They Called Me “Altruistic” by Lynn Donnan
What made my donation somewhat unusual is that I did not know the person who was to receive my kidney. I was told that fact put me in a category called “altruistic donor.” As if all people who are alive after donating an organ aren’t altruistic.
This month marks one year since I underwent the surgery. The experience seems like a distant memory, kind of like a dream. Except for a few faint, small scars, there are few physical reminders of this event in my life.
Why did I do it?
It all started when I heard Pastor Joe Coffey give a compelling message about serving others. I did some soul searching and the idea came to me during prayer. And some unlikely and remarkable “coincidences” followed. Next, I discussed it with my family. To my surprise, I received their full support and that was the final affirmation.
During the months of testing leading up to the surgery, I felt God’s presence and assurance like never before. I didn’t feel like I was doing anything extraordinary or difficult. Instead, it felt like God was doing something extraordinary through me. And I was filled with peace, determination, and faith that everything would work out as planned. And it did.
When the day of my surgery finally arrived, I signed the papers.