If I sound bit groggy this morning, it was a late night! No… you are not listening to the minister with the hangover… but it I was partying the night away. Last night my family attended the Live Loudly Donate proudly Gala Dinner in Ballymena.
Live Loudly Donate Proudly is a Campaign aimed at promoting organ donation. It was set up by our friend, 17 year old Lucia Quinney Mee, from Ballycastle, who had her first liver transplant at 8, the second at 9 and the third one year ago this very day!
September 8th last year, the news we’d been hoping for started to come in on texts. Lucia has been called to Birmingham. They have a liver. It’s tomorrow. We’d waited and prayed for that moment for months. Our minds and hearts were in Birmingham all of that day. It went great.
In the summer of 2015 Lucia was lying on her sofa. This summer Lucia swam at the British Transplant Games and won loads of medals and this week she have been selected for next Years World Transplant Games in Malaga. She threw in a load of A*s, As and Bs in GCSEs as well. So boy did we party last night.
Throughout last night’s celebration I couldn’t help thinking of the donors. How I should have loved Lucia donors to have been there to hear her astonishing speech… or to have in the crowd at the Games as she finished her races or stood on the podium. It literally cost someone their life that Lucia might live and enjoy life in all its fulness.
Of course, as a minister, I immediately liken that to Christ. Someone dies that others might live. Whether donors believe in Jesus or not they are doing a Christlike thing. It is an incredibly selfless thing to do. Think of others before your death and give them life after you die.
BUT, in these last 24 hours, I have been drawn more to Moses. God takes him up a mountain and shows him the Promised Land. God tells him that he is going to die before he enters the Land but, as he shows him it, Moses know that this is what he invested his life in.
Lucia, and our other friend Phil Cairnduff who is also a Liver Transplant recipient and multiple medal winner, have made me put my name on the donors list. In my death I can give someone else life. Wow!
Last night I basked in Lucia’s donors’ Promised Land. They lived loudly. The donated proudly. We are so thankful! Worth being groggy this morning for!