"As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer.
But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him..."
~Psalm 103:15-17a

Become an Organ Donor

I would encourage you to seriously consider becoming an organ donor. It's as simple as indicating on your drivers' license or telling your family/friends that you would like to donate your organs (any or all) if you die. You aren't going to need them after you are dead, and the surgery to get them out won't even hurt you! You can even have an open casket funeral if you want, since they are able to fix you up so you still look good.

Here are some facts from the United Network for Organ Sharing:

  • Donated organs such as the heart, pancreas, kidneys, liver, lungs and intestines restore life.

  • Tissue donations replace bone, tendons and ligaments to improve strength, mobility and independence.

  • Corneas restore sight.

  • Skin grafts help burn patients heal and often mean the difference between life and death.

  • Heart valves repair cardiac defects and damage.

  • Nearly 84,000 people are waiting for life-saving organ transplants.

  • Seventeen people die each day because organs are not available.

  • Every organ and tissue donor can save and enhance the lives of up to 50 people.

(taken from "What Every Patient Needs to Know." 2004. United Network for Organ Sharing.)

Every little bit counts. Become an organ donor today.

For more information, visit www.donatelife.net.

Shingles and Kidneys

"The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps."  (Proverbs 16:9)

Last week our family was busy re-roofing our house.  In case you have never done this before, it involves scraping off the old shingles (two layers in our case), fixing/replacing sections of the roof, laying down tarpaper, and then hammering on the shingles.  It also involves carefully analyzing the weather: you don't want rain if the old shingles are off but the tar paper isn't on yet; if it's too hot, the shingles are really sticky and it is almost unbearable on the roof; but if it's too cold, the shingles are very hard to cut.  In addition, you must take into account the "Wilson factor."  This refers to the fact that anytime a Wilson (in our line of Wilsons, anyhow) undertakes a project, there is bound to be complications prolonging the process, due to finding or creating other projects along the way.

Thankfully, God protected us, including the various people who helped, from serious injury and the weather cooperated for the most part (only one day of rain).  Also, the "Wilson factor" didn’t seem to come up much except for the time when it rained and a lot of rain water leaked into the wood stove chimney, watering the stove pretty well.  After a bit more than a week at this project, we have new shingles on two thirds of the house and tar paper on the rest, so we should be able to finish it up rather quickly now.

Since we had been working on this project pretty much full time for the past week or so, we were all looking forward to getting back to a normal schedule.  However, God had other plans for our lives…good plans, but not "normal schedule" plans.

Maria, my youngest sister, has been on dialysis, waiting for a new kidney.  Yesterday evening, as we were all preparing for a relaxing night, we received a call from the hospital saying that there was a possible transplant available.  Even though we weren't sure she would be able to get it, they wanted her down there so that if it didn't work out for the other person, she could be down there already.  This morning we found out that she will be getting the kidney, and she is having the operation this afternoon.  How long she will be in the hospital depends on how well she does and how quickly she recovers.

Although this is not what we had planned for this week, we are very excited about this transplant, as we were expecting to have to wait six months to a year for a kidney to become available.  As it is, it has been about six weeks since she was put on the waiting list for a transplant!  Please pray with us that the operation and recovery would go well and that Maria would have peace about it, as she is a bit afraid right now (who wouldn't be?).