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A Companion of Jesus

The following story comes from Dan Millman in “Chicken Soup For the Soul”:

 

“Many years ago, at Stanford Hospital, there was a little girl named Liza who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her five-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. He hesitated for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, ‘Yes, I’ll do it if it will save Liza.’

“As the transfusion progressed, he lay in a bed next to his sister and smiled, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, ‘Will I start to die right away?’

“Being young, the boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give her all his blood.”

 

What a beautiful example of love! We can easily measure our love for others by how much we are willing to do for them. There are some people I love enough to drive across town and run an errand for them. There are other people I love enough to be awakened at 3:00 in the morning if they need someone to talk to. But there are very few people I love enough to give my very life.

 

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13-14)

 

I’m not asking you to die for anyone today. But I do want you to ask yourself this question: “How much am I willing to do for those whom I say that I love?”

 

 

Rev. Alan Smith.  From  ‘A Thought for the Day’ (2001)


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July 6, 2011 - Posted by | Thoughts

2 Comments »

  1. There are those in my life for whom I have given all I can, those whom I have loved, for whom I have died to my own needs to serve them. In return I have received one of two responses; utter silence, or rage. There is one who swore for life to love and honor me, who preferred to hold onto rage, a rage that eventually destroyed any vestige of love I held. Others I have had to let go of, in order to preserve my own sanity.

    Your question is mine. I have long wondered why some of those say they want to love me, when they have to walk out that commitment, instead choose rage and bitterness.

    The lesson for me is this: there is hope in the Lord in all circumstances. I must daily drink of the well of the Lord, so that, for His sake, I can, even in this arid soil, be the woman of God He wants me to be. I struggle now, even to love, to hope. But I must keep my door open, that one day, one may come in and truly fearlessly move beyond the past.

    I have seen the horizon of this pleasant future, and it is lovely. But it is to be painted by all, not just one, and it is to be faithfully attended, a grace which we can receive from our Dear Lord who loves to answer this prayer. Our Father has said, “It is not good for man/woman to be alone.” This, I know.

    Comment by In His Grace | August 16, 2011 | Reply

  2. Dear In His Grace, thank you for your very open comment. It is always a very painful place when we are hurt by those we love and by those whom we thought loved us. It can drive us to try to find security in all the wrong places and make us doubt that anyone would love us truly and forever. Rejection can cause bitter roots to grow in us which need to be cut off otherwise they will strangle us and our love will become self centred and twisted. I recommend two books to you which the ‘Companions of Jesus’ are recommending to all who enquire into our way of life. ‘The Furious Longing of God’ by Brennan Manning and ‘He Loves Me’ by Wayne Jacobsen. I hope you might find in the pages of these books truth that will both help and encourage you to live loved in the fury of the relentless tender love of God,when your life is broken and your dreams shattered through circumstances of life and by and through the brokenness of others whom you love and have loved.

    Comment by michaeldalycj | August 19, 2011 | Reply


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