Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Best Blood

We were recently talking with our family about Qavah's transfusions and the risk of infection. With the lifestyle of some Americans being what it is, unfortunately we have to be concerned about Qavah getting a transfusion from an infected stranger; their blood possibly being tainted by Hepatitis C or the HIV virus. Because of that she is periodically tested for HIV. Qavah is type O positive, and Granddaddy mentioned the possibility of using the blood of our family members with the same blood type for her monthly transfusions. I will talk with someone from our local Red Cross about that. When it comes to our beloved daughter, we want the best; blood we can count on being pure. It is the difference between life and death to her.

If we were to find that Qavah had been infected by a bag of "bad blood" I don't know how we would manage our grief. She is so tiny and innocent. The illnesses she could acquire are typically the illnesses of those living sinful lifestyles and she would be another innocent victim of the schemes of the enemy. There are now websites devoted to help people who have received death from what was supposed to be the gift of life.

The sacrifices we are willing to make on Qavah's behalf are born out of our love for her. As someone said recently, "Qavah is one precious little human being." Our love for Qavah is so great we would give our own blood for her. This is a truth from the pages of scripture that I understand more fully this year at Easter. The Father has made the way clear for all of us to live in freedom, by giving us His Son, and the gift of eternal life, if we will believe Him. Qavah left for church this morning all dressed up to celebrate something she doesn't understand yet. As she grows and learns more about His great love for us, our prayer is that she will accept no less than the best blood. The blood that once and for all we can count on for all eternity.

"This is an important lesson for us today. For under the old system, gifts and sacrifices were offered, but these failed to cleanse the hearts of the people who brought them. For the old system dealt only with certain rituals - what food to eat and drink, rules for washing themselves, and many other rules. The people had to keep these rules to tide them over until Christ came with God's new and better way. He came as a High Priest of the new and better system which we now have. He went into the greater perfect tabernacle in Heaven, not made by men, nor part of this world, and once and for all took blood into that inner room, the Holy of Holies, and sprinkled it on the mercy seat; but it was not the blood of goats and calves. No, He took His own blood, and He with it, by Himself, made sure of our eternal salvation." -Hebrews 9: 9-12