“Arms Wide Open” by Creed
Well I just heard the news today
It seems my life is going to change
I close my eyes, begin to pray
Then tears of joy stream down my face.
The other day I heard this song and it reminded me of a moment that happened to me eleven days after my transplant, while I was still in the hospital.
I had been told (officially) the day before that I had a heart transplant. I had actually been told UNofficially a few days earlier, but the official version force me to face reality.
It was at that point I started to realize how sick I was, how near death I had been. My mortality became reality.
I could barely talk at this point and my family finally gave me back my cell phone so I started to reach out to a few friends and coworkers, NONE of which knew where I was or what had happened to me. On that day it was one particular friend’s birthday, and this person got my first message.
Right after I sent that message, the fourth line above really kicked in …… Then tears of joy stream down my face. …….. I was so happy to simply be alive …… it was an INCREDIBLE moment, an incredible feeling.
Please live your life to its fullest. Make the most of every moment. And, please, if you aren’t already an organ donor, register today. Last but not least, give thanks EVERY day for what you have ….. it can all be gone tomorrow.
“Our life is a gift from God. What we do with that life is our gift to God.”
About 35 years ago ……