Editorial: Give life — become an organ donor
God loves a cheerful giver. The Bible tells us to store up treasures in heaven.
Both principles apply, we believe, to Christians signing up to be organ donors.
This month, we share the inspiring story of Josh Oakley, a Kansas church member pitching again for his high school baseball team after receiving a new heart.
For Oakley to live, somebody with a healthy heart had to die. May God comfort that person’s loved ones. And may God bless them for the decision to “give life” under what had to be traumatic circumstances.
Krista Prindle, one of Oakley’s five older sisters, said her family never really considered the importance of organ donations — until her brother got sick.
“We encourage everyone to be on an organ donation list,” Prindle said. “And if anything ever comes up, please consider donating your family’s organs because it is truly lifesaving.”
At organdonor.gov, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers guidance on becoming a donor. Getting started involves registering with your state donor registry, if available, and/or designating your decision on your driver’s license. But talk to your family, too, so there’s no doubt about your wishes.
God loves a cheerful giver. Even in death, let’s give life.
• He pitches with heart — a brand new one