WITHOUT KNOWING whether her daughter wanted to be an organ donor or not, a woman made the difficult decision to donate them. At barely 19 years of age, the young woman had died, and her mother, in the hours of greatest pain in her life, believed it was important to do good with her daughter’s body for someone who would need a transplant to survive. The two had never spoken about the topic, but knowing her daughter, the mother believed that she would have agreed with her decision. She got a beautiful surprise when she found her daughter’s driver’s license weeks later and saw it clearly specified that she was an organ donor. The blessing was even greater when she got news that her daughter’s organs had saved the lives of six people, among them a girl six years old and a mother of ten children.
There is nothing as hard as the death of a loved one. There is no pill that can take away the pain that is felt. However, the Bible says that just as death is very strong, so is love—the love that leads us to make decisions for the good of another person in spite of being sunk in the worst moment of our lives. If we can change the deep sadness that accompanies death into the deep happiness produced by acting out of love, we will be able to find much more meaning in life.
We will obviously not find any reference in the Bible to organ donation since it is a very modern concept and reality. However, the Scriptures are filled with passages about love for one’s neighbor. «For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself»‘ (Romans 13:9).»For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life» (John so loved us, we also ought to love one another» (1 John 4:11).
Today, while you are alive, decide out of love to donate your money, your time, and your talents. Perhaps one day what is left of you may be of use for the life of another person.
«For love is as strong as death… its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame” (Song of Solomon 8:6).