In many ways, April could possibly be considered the “month of life.” After all, during the month of April, we celebrate Easter in joyful remembrance of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
April is also the month we celebrate donate life- the opportunity to donate organs to those in need.
There are numerous parallels between these two life-centered events:
Both Jesus and organ donation bring healing and life to those who thought it would never be possible.
Thousands of people look to God for healing; in the same vein, thousands seek organs to help them heal.
God alone gives us the ultimate gift of life; however, organ donation method of is a medical advancement that allows us to lay down that very life for others.
So, is it fate or coincidence that, in April, we celebrate our Savior who has risen and also celebrate Donate Life month?
When someone becomes ill and their organs begin to fail, an organ transplant is needed for them to continue their life; the recuperation made possible through this transplant is as close as we can get to physical resurrection.
Sounds a lot like that whole “rising again after 3 days” situation, huh?
This topic often creates mixed feelings among Christians as they question if the donation of life is acceptable, yet it is worth noting that Jesus was (and still is!) the ultimate donator of life.
Organ donation is not a method of playing God, but, rather, an opportunity to let His light to shine through us as we generously steward the gifts He’s blessed us with.
We are called to be conduits for God’s solutions to societal issues.
When it comes to organ donation, numbers speak louder than words…
- An average of 8,000 people die each year due to lack of organ donation.
- In 2018, 36,500 lives were saved from organ donation.
- 110,000 men, women, and children are currently still awaiting an organ donation to save their life.
Now, when it comes to organs in need, the breakdown looks like this…
- 4,000 people in the United States need a new heart.
- 1,400 people in the United States hope for a new lung.
- 14,000 people in the United States wait for a donor liver.
- 250 people in the US are waiting for new intestines.
- 900 people in the US are waiting for a new pancreas.
But, at the end of the day, what does being a donor mean?
Donating one’s organs is a complex process. Donation of life can be from a living organ donor and also an organ donor who is no longer considered alive from brain death. There are two types of donors: living and deceased.
A living donor can donate certain organs to others who are in need, such as a kidney, due to humanly possible to live with only one kidney. Several people decide to donate an organ or part of an organ to others while living.
The other donor is one who has passed away and can donate other organs such as heart, lungs, eyes, etc. Being an organ donor is not simple. For a person to donate, they must have suffered a serve brain injury and be on artificial life support.
Of course, health care professionals do everything they can to help save these patients, yet their efforts are not always successful. In this event, an amazing organization called LifeLink steps in and, should the family decide to proceed with organ donation, prepares the patient to save others’ lives.
God made the ultimate sacrifice when Jesus was killed on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven and we could live eternity in Heaven.
A miracle unlike anything the world has ever or will ever again experience transpired on that day, and God continues to reveal that miracles can still happen. With today’s medical advances, particularly in the field of organ donation, we can perform miracles such as giving sight to the blind or life to someone dying.
God’s blessing of our physical health cannot terminate on us.
To register your decision to save and heal lives, visit RegisterMe.org. To learn more about organ, eye, tissue and living donation, visit DonateLife.net.