We Rejoice

It’s now been two months since I had kidney transplant surgery thanks to my brother who graciously donated a kidney to me.  Now every time I call him he answers the phone “World’s Greatest Brother here!”  And the thing is, there is nothing I can really say to rebut that.  I expect (and hope) he will hold this over me forever as I get a good laugh from it every time he says it.

An awful lot of things had to happen and fall into place for the transplant to even take place.  It reminded me of the huge sequence of events that took place in the story of Joseph in Genesis.  I still can’t wrap my mind around how good God has been to me and all the blessings that he has and continues to pour out on me each and every day.  I was looking at a near future of dialysis and death and now that has all changed.  I now know what people in the gospels that were miraculously healed by Christ felt like.  Very humbling.

Throughout this process I was also reminded of the Lord’s Prayer.  Have you ever noticed the pronouns are mostly “us”, “our” and “we”?  I think this is Christ stressing that it is important to not only be a Christian but also to be part of a community of faith.  The prayers, emails, texts and letters I received from God’s Grace Community Church were incredibly comforting and very humbling.  I really felt God’s presence and have been at peace throughout.  I’ve moved to Phoenix, but am still very much a part of the GGCC community of faith. What comfort and joy that has brought!

Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again.  Rejoice!  Philippians 4:4

Brad Gauen

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