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Consider the Gift of the Magi as a holiday gift

Posted on: 12/05/2017 00:00

(By Chris Sharp) To recap a century-old tale, the Gift of the Magi was an O. Henry short story dealing with a young woman in New York.  This young lady decided to give up her lush, delicate hair to sell it so she could afford to buy a holiday gift for her young husband.  The young husband did something similar for his wife.  Basically, the story was about the Gift of Self.

This year as in all years this gift is available for all of us to give, with even less daily personal sacrifice than with the lady in The Gift of the Magic, but with much greater human efficacy.

The gift is making our organs available for medical donation.  It is easily and practically automatically done through the State of California DMV ID registration and various online outlets throughout the nation.  This is a gift that we no longer would need for ourselves, and unless we do this, our organs will in fact quickly turn into the most typical smelly human wastes with no convenient toilet to flush them away.  But by donating our organs to help someone else live, we are giving even our most humble organ a chance to hold a place of honor in a kind of post mortal life.

In the discussions over the years, I have heard no good argument against organ donation.  I have heard only a few people worry that an organ donation will not leave him intact for a resurrection realm.  Since I consider myself to have a large religious dimension myself, this objection did in fact interest me, but I feel that at least in the Christian area where I have some learning the most crucial Christian principles have a basis in common sense. 

Disqualifying everyone from resurrection who is not physical intact would in fact deny every hero who has ever died being blown apart on a battlefield or coping heroically in any other such explosive catastrophe.  To my thinking, the attraction of resurrection is not in hanging onto our old organs, but earning ourselves a brand-new life in their place.

And so even though I have heard the idea of resurrection getting in the way of organ donation only a couple of time, you can probably understand that I take the religious dimension of any issue seriously, including this very important issue.

Read more here: A Sharp View:  Consider the Gift of the Magi as a holiday gift

 


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