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How far would you go for love?

February 14, 2007

With today being Valentine’s Day the topic of love (or romance) is on a lot of people’s minds. The real meaning of love has become much more real to me this year because of an example I have seen from others.

Two years ago the son of some friends was diagnosed with a kidney problem that would result in kidney failure in about two years. Trent and his wife Marie were preparing to go to India to serve as missionaries when this was diagnosed. They went there for a time and returned to the US as Trent’s condition worsened in hopes of finding a kidney donor. That donor was finally found. Katie, a wife and mother of two that Trent and Marie did not know was tested and found to be a viable donor.

On this day where the topic is love, I am thinking and praying about two people I don’t really know but have been praying for for many months. Today, they are in a local hospital where Katie is sacrificially giving a part of her own body that is healthy and working to someone in need. We often are willing to give if it doesn’t cost us much, but Katie is willing to give when it does cost her to the point of physical pain and possibly future health complications. She is willing to give a tangible part of her life to improve the life of someone else.

How far would you go for love? Would you be willing to give to a complete stranger in a tangible way?

Thank you Katie for giving me such an incredible example of love! It is an example that I will not forget, especially on this holiday where love is often reduced to something without meaning.

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