One of the things I love about being a mum is getting to meet other mums. I could talk the legs of a chair so I regularly get chatting with other parents in all sorts of settings - swimming lessons, therapy appointments, the school gate - anywhere really.
Today I am thanking God for one particular mum I have had the privilege of knowing - my friend Mel. We met while watching our kids learn to swim yet we were more than just 'swimming mums'. You see Mel was also a transplant recipient - so while the other mums would discuss swimming and school and whatever 'typical' mums talk about we would talk transplants - hers and Ashlea's.
Today I am thanking God for the 10 years of life that her heart transplant gave her.
I am thanking God for the donor family who selflessly gave her and her family that gift.
I am thanking God that I got the chance to get to know Mel and her daughter.
I am utterly shocked and saddened though that after 10 years her body has rejected the heart and now she is gone.
Even though we were 'only swimming lesson friends' I am still so sad. The transplant connection is a strong one. Not only am I sad that my friend is gone, I am sad to have been reminded that transplant is only ever a treatment for organ failure, not a cure.
I am so thankful for the gift of life that organ transplants provide, but I am far more thankful that I know Jesus who provides THE gift of life - eternal life. I am thankful that I know that no matter what happens in this life one day I will spend eternity with Him and that will make up for all the heart ache in the here and now.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.