Like Gifts at Christmas. It is so much easier to give than to receive. It is a combination of appreciation and a little embarrassment, the 'you shouldn't have' moments that fill our day. It is so much easier to be on the giving end.
This year I received a gift so gratefully. Love, love, love this.
This year Clark received the gift of life so gratefully. It was given with his transplant of a kidney and pancreas. Not only did he receive this gift with appreciation. He has been blessed with a miracle. He understands his heavy responsibility of accepting this gift as his own and caring for it.
He was living a fine line of life and death. He knew it, I knew it. Our family knew it. Looking back at our year in review. Oh my...In and out of the hospital too many times to count. In the spring it was pneumonia that nearly took his life. In August, Finding him on the floor unconscious and had been for 1-1/2 hours just due to a sugar low and hospitalized for 3 day's. He could have easily died if it was his time to go.
And now to look back and see how it prepared us to receive humbly and with much appreciation the gift of life.
There are many aspects to receiving that Clark under took. I reflected back to a conversation we had with some friends of ours when we were talking about getting a transplant. It was said that Clark needed to pray that his body would receive the organs as his own.
Clark's body accepted them from the start. It's a powerful reminder how precious life is. It's a hard thing to know that someone had to die for Clark to receive these organs. To be the recipient has so many emotions. Just indescribable
We've been especially excited to see what this New Year will bring. A new start for us. Everything ahead of us is just so fresh.
. I was listening to an Author: Ron Zarbock of the book "RECEIVING CHRISTMAS" today.
He tells the story of a little boy that was born with a defective heart and how first of all *The parents had to #1- Get clear: recognize the issue. #2 Act: Get help #3 Open up: receive a new heart through a donor #4 Connect: connect all the valves etc. #5 Accept the organ.
All though this was through a transplant, receiving help or love or blessing and gifts can take the same process. I definitely will buy this book!
We have been such a recipient. Now Our New Years Goal: BECAUSE YOU HAVE RECEIVED, NOW YOU CAN MORE FULLY GIVE"
Christmas can continue by giving throughout the New Year (and through out the rest of our lives)!!!!!!!!!
RECEIVE THE HAPPIEST NEW YEAR! MAY YOU BE BLESSED! LOVE TO YOU ALL!!!