Three years have now past since the day an Organ transplant saved the life of OUR child.
It was a cold Thursday in February 2015 and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta flies this flag outside of the hospital on any day a child is getting a life saving transplant.
Just seeing it in pictures still today makes my eyes leak. However, since that day 3 years ago, I have come to learn some valuable lessons and the one that sticks out the most is the joy that comes after great sorrow.
In The Message version of scripture in John 16 it says, “When a woman gives birth, she has a hard time, there’s no getting around it. But when the baby is born, there is joy in the birth. This new life in the world wipes out memory of the pain. The sadness you have right now is similar to that pain, but the coming JOY is also similar. When I see you again, you’ll be full of JOY, and it will be a JOY no one can rob from you. You’ll no longer be so full of questions. This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I have revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and Hill most certainly give it to you. Your JOY will be a river overflowing its banks!” JOHN 16:21-24 MSG
I can’t pretend to understand the grief and sorrow of the family who chose to give our family new life on Feb 5, 2015. I don’t know the depths of their sorrow and pain, yet I know the healer who truly longs to give JOY back to any area of our lives where great sorrow has been.
I guess that’s why I continue to share Corrie’s story and the importance of Organ Donation. The sorrow of that season was so great, but the JOY we have experienced since then far outweighs the pain.
My prayer is that through Corrie’s story and life, many would see that there is still Joy to be had, found and lived out in our everyday lives. Living Joyfully is the best way I know how to honor the family who gave us life on this day 3 years ago.
So happy 3 yr Liverversary Corrie!
May the Joy of the Lord be your strength and may it shine through your life onto everyone you meet.