17th April 2019

Blood, Glorious Blood!

“The life of every creature is in the blood.”
Leviticus 17:14 (NLT)

Blood is amazing. A blood test can provide all sorts of information about our health – the condition of our liver and kidneys, the amount and type of cholesterol in circulation, our nutritional status, and even indicating whether we have certain diseases. Today, we can appreciate far more how the voice of the blood of Abel, the first murder victim, cried out to God from the ground where it was spilt (Genesis 4:10)!

Blood circulates in our bodies, carrying life-giving oxygen and nutrients to our tissues and organs, and removing metabolic waste. Occasionally, though, a serious illness or accident may mean our own blood is insufficient for the task.

Having seen my late husband receive the tremendous, life-giving benefit of a blood transfusion, I decided it was time to give something back. So I signed up as a potential blood donor. There was a comprehensive screening process. My medical history had to be reviewed. I didn’t think there was much to report, but it filled a whole page! Lots of criteria had to be satisfied to ensure the blood was safe and of the right quality to help others.

Finally, I was allowed to take my place in the clinic, and chose to watch as my 470 ml filled a bag over a period of 9 minutes! Initially, I felt fine afterwards. By early evening, however, I felt distinctly dizzy, so went straight to bed and slept for 13 hours. The next day, I didn’t feel too good and only ventured out to post a letter, carrying my late father-in-law’s long umbrella as a makeshift walking stick, just in case. This showed me there is a cost to giving blood – a price to pay so that others can be offered the life-giving benefit.

Now, there are divided views on blood transfusion. It is a serious medical procedure, only indicated for certain scenarios where the potential benefit to the patient outweighs the risks. One blood transfusion is, however, clearly indicated for every member of the human race, as the Blood Donor himself, Jesus, tells us in John 6:53-54: “…unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day.”

After donating, I was thrilled to receive a text message saying my blood would be used to help three patients at West Suffolk Hospital! Just think of the joy in heaven over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:7) and receives the healing blood of Jesus, the perfect, spotless Lamb of God, who paid the price to take away the sins of the world.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you for the perfect, priceless blood of Jesus, given freely so all may joyfully accept your calling to eternal life.
Amen

Study by Shirley McLean

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About the Author:
Shirley McLean attends Grace Communion International in Luton. Shirley runs a monthly choir workshop, which is also a social occasion where all are welcome–see www.kingsfold.org

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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