Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Blood keeps us alive by carrying oxygen and nutrition to all the cells of our bodies. But it also carries away those cells' waste products. It's our bodies' transport system. When, for any reason, we loose more blood than our bodies can quickly replace, we die ... if we don't get a transfusion. "That shouldn't be hard," one might answer, "everyone can spare some blood." Yes, but that's only half the truth. While everyone has extra blood they can give, most people's blood can kill anyone else because it's incompatible. The only blood type that is safely transfusable to anyone is type O, because it is universally compatible with other blood types. Suffering personal loss leaves holes in our lives, and more often than not we try to fill them in with stuff that feels familiar or comfortable. But like transfusing incompatible blood, filling the holes in our lives with incompatible content can kill us spiritually and even personally. Coincidentally, the one Person who can safely fill that gap in our lives calls Himself the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He is the beginning of our faith and the end of our longing. Filling our lives with Jesus doesn't come naturally, or even easily. Only when our hearts crave His presence and we refuse any substitute will he come in and make us whole again.