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My God, My God, WHY?

23March2012

 

 

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Stained Glass WIndow made by Chris

 

Two years ago this past Tuesday, death visited our family and took my cousin, Chris. He never knew what hit him. One minute he was taking a shower and the next, he was gone. And the inevitable question arose, WHY? Why Chris, why now, as a 43 year ol father of 2 young daughters in the prime of his life, why at all? 

 

In the life of the Church, Easter will be here soon, but before Easter there is the tragic event of Good Friday, and you know something? The same question was asked on that day as well. WHY? Why did this happen? Why did God allow it? Why didn’t God do something to stop it? Jesus himself asked “My God, My God, WHY?”

 

And there are no easy answers, are there? When we stand in the midst of death and pain and grief, the answers aren’t readily there. But for us as Christians, Good Friday isn’t the end of the story. We know there is a resurrection – we know there is a victory over death. We know that Easter is yet to come.

 

Strange as it is, we had the good fortune of knowing a why for Chris as well. Not man people get that blessing, but we did for Chris. Just a few short months before he died, when he renewed his driver’s license on his birthday, he became an organ donor. Little did he know the impact that simple act would have on easing the pain his family had to bear.

 

As i was driving home from Dayton a few days after Chris died to prepare for the funeral, I called Life Connections to ask the question, “How many lives did Chris change by becoming a donor?”

 

The woman I spoke with became very quite and said she would have to call me back because she needed to talk with his wife first. When she called me back, this is what she told me. Chris saved the life of a man who needed a liver that night or he wouldn’t live till morning. He gave sight to 2 people through his corneas. The valves of his heart are beating in several other people as we speak.

 

But here’s the most amazing part of what she told me. As the team looked at Chris’s kidneys, they discovered that he had renal cell carcinoma – kidney cancer. A debilitating, nasty, fatal cancer to deal with. The outcome being what we faced that day, only drawn out over 2 or 3 years, with a long and painful battle first.

 

Robyn, Chris’s wife, said Chris would never have been able to go through all of that – perhaps God, who knew Chris best, knew that as well.

 

And so today, even as we continue to mourn, we rejoice with Chris. Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me, even if he dies, shall live.” Chris lives through the lives of those he selflessly gave to in donating his organs, but most importantly, Chris has eternal life with the Savior whose name he came to bear proudly. Christopher – Bearer of Christ – well done good and faithful servant – welcome home!

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