Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WEAVINGS: Second Chances

WEAVINGS: Second Chances
by Rachel Blevins
I caught a glimpse of Jerry as he worked in the produce department at Kroger’s. He looked healthier than I’d ever seen him—pretty amazing for a man who received a pancreas transplant last summer.
Jerry had Type I diabetes since early childhood and prayed thirty-eight years for a miracle. He was on “the list” for months awaiting a pancreas. The first implant failed. The surgeon told him he needed an undamaged pancreas from someone younger than twenty-one. The second surgery was successful.
Jerry explained, “I don’t have to take insulin anymore and my eyesight is being restored!” 
I was in awe. “Wow! You really did get your miracle.”    
With tear-filled eyes he added, “Yes, but it’s bittersweet. Someone had to die so that I could have a second chance.”   
“This must give you new appreciation for Jesus giving his life for you.”  
“Oh, yeah!” he agreed.

Flashback seventeen years… My son Jonathan stood at the counter of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to complete paperwork for his driver’s license. The clerk asked, “Do you want to be an organ donor?”
“Yes!” he announced.
He was a minor—why didn’t she ask ME, his mother? 
On the drive home, I questioned his decision to be an organ donor. “Don’t you want to be an organ donor?” he asked.
“NO. I’m not even sure how God feels about such things,” was my lame response. 
“Well, why don’t you ask Him?” he quizzed.   
“I don’t know…I’ve read stories about people who have experienced strange cravings and emotions after receiving someone else’s organ. That seems creepy to me. Maybe there’s more to the whole process than we know,” I replied. 
He continued, “Here’s the way I look at it. Suppose someone needs one of my organs in order to live. Then suppose that person has never heard of Jesus and the possibility of living eternally with Him in heaven…then I have given them a second chance to live and to make that choice.” 
I smelled fresh humble pie. “Wow. I never considered organ donation like that!”
I have a universal blood type, so I donate blood—a living sacrifice—but I confess that I still have not checked yes to be an organ donor.  However, my driver's license is due for renewal in a few months...

GOD, my God, I yelled for help
and you put me together.
GOD, you pulled me out of the grave,
gave me another chance at life
when I was down-and-out.
Psalm 30:2 (MSG)


It's a privilege to include Rachel as a Woven Writer. She is an awesome woman of God, gifted with many pearls of wisdom and a gift for expression. Rachel is a mom, grandma, and has been in ministry her entire adult life as pastor's wife. Now widowed, her love legacy with Pastor Joe continues to inspire others through her writings and her undying love for him and for God.
Rachel is a freelance speaker/writer and personal caregiver. She is a Woman of Virtue!!


  1. You have a most wise son, filled with the love of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for blessing us with this story, Rachel!

  2. I agree, Christine! He is a very wise son and a great blessing to many. Thanks for your kind comments.


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