In with the new, out with the old — blood
One of the things I love about my job is meeting new friends. Recently I was privileged to become friends with Dick and Mary Frances Bowley. This husband/wife team is doing a great work in our listening area. Mary Frances is author of “The White Umbrella” and the founder of Wellspring Living. Dick is the author of “POP: Power of Prayer a Journey in the Light”.
“Pop” is actually a publication of Dick’s care page journal. You see a few years ago, Dick battled Leukemia and by the grace of God was healed. Recently, he came into our studios to share more of this amazing journal and we will present the interview to you on a future Georgia Town Crier (if you are reading this after March 2nd, 2013 the interview is available on our on-demand streaming player — go to NewLife.FM and click listen live).
A couple days after the interview Dan sent me the following email excerpt and it was so powerful I thought I’d share it with you.
The big hero of the story is my brother Dan. Without his bone marrow in the form of stem cells and blood I would not be here today. Here is the metaphor:
My body, my blood was diseased. It was riveted with cancer, leukemia. I was literally dead to this world. (Sin). I was lost. I was dying. For me to live I needed a complete transfusion. I needed transformation. I needed redemption.
The picture is in the book of Dan lying there in the hospital, for 3 hours, arms outstretched, blood going out one arm, through a dialysis machine, and returning to his body. You cant help but visualize how Jesus stretched his arms out and gave his blood for us. Dan sacrificed his blood so that I could live.
How does this transformation and redemption work?
I realized that to live, I could not do this alone. I realized I was not in control. For me to try and save myself and do what I thought I needed to do was futile. I had to let go of my old self which was full of disease, and be totally willing to let my old self be destroyed (by chemo) and accept this new blood and life that was was poured out for me by my brother. (God’s grace)
To do this, I received chemo every 6 hours for one solid week before the transplant. They literarily took me to ground zero. I had to completely get rid of my former self. For me to live, I had to destroy self, and be ready to accept this new blood, this blood of salvation that was poured into me.
When the blood was transfused into me, my nurse Hannah said a short prayer, ‘grow cells grow’! As they grew over the next 100 days, I was transformed Into a new man, a new creation. I had a new blood type, B Positive, and new DNA. As much as I loved and enjoyed life before, we went to the next level.
A bone marrow transplant is a parallel story of how a person puts Jesus into his heart and begins a new eternal life. You realize you can’t do it on your own, you destroy the ‘old you.’ You ask Jesus, the living God who gave His life (blood) for you, to come into your heart. You become a new person. Your life becomes a ‘living sacrifice’ and you are transformed daily by the renewing of your mind.
I also learned that there was no way I could repay him for what he did for me. (Dan/Jesus). It was unconditional love. With love that can’t be written about or explained properly, my brother Dan (and Jesus) unconditionally sacrificed himself and his blood so that I (his brother) could live. I learned and realized that I couldn’t repay him. I felt I needed to return the favor and the love. I needed to do something to pay him back.
I learned this about God’s unconditional love. With God, and my brother, there is nothing I can do to make him love me any more. There is nothing I can do to make him love me any less. Wow!