Purpose of Blood

Purpose of Blood

8% of our body weight is blood. Blood transports essential elements in the body. Blood transports things to the tissues and the removal of wastes from the tissues. Blood transports oxygen to all the tissues. Blood is actually beneficial when we don’t see it but when we see it flow or burst out of our skin, it makes our stomach sick and our head dizzy. Kind of gross right?

But blood has also done something beautiful just for you.  As Wayne Kerr sings, “Just one drop of blood will save the world… for love, for you My love.” What kind of love is this that requires blood to be shed?

Just one drop of blood will save the world
Every woman, man, boy, and girl
Just one drop of blood will save the world

When the sin of man have come too far
Separation greater than the stars
Just one drop of blood will save the world

For love, oh love
For love, oh love
For you, my love
What kind of love is this?

And now redemption lies in his eyes
Don’t turn away, see the sacrifice
Oh the blood of Jesus runs from here

For love, oh love
For love, oh love
For you, my love
What kind of love is this?

And I wonder why He gave it all away
I wonder why He gave it all away
I wonder why He gave it all away
Gave it all away

For love, oh love
For love, oh love
For you, my love
What kind of love is this?

 

The song is new but the story is old. One thing we know is that what was written in Isaiah 53:7 came to pass when Jesus Christ was arrested and taken to the cross. Through what Christ has done, there is victory and freedom.

When the world comes crashing in on your life and it seems that no one cares for you. Remember the cross and the blood that flowed from it for you.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet He did not open His mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughter
and like a sheep silent before her shearers,
He did not open His mouth.
He was taken away because of oppression and judgment;
and who considered His fate?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;

-Isaiah 53:7-8

I, Me, My

I, Me, My

One day, I tried listening to myself while praying and came up with a list of the most commonly used words found in my prayers. On top of them are the words “I, me, and my.”

“Thank you Lord for guiding me and for putting my schedule in place. I hope that you give me more wisdom and please give me the strength that need. You know how much want to pass my interview tomorrow. Please help me answer with confidence. I really want this and I hope that you grant my request. I am also in need financially, please take care of my needs, Lord. ”

Praying is our personal time with God. From the word “personal,” most often than not our prayers tend to revolve around us — our needs, our thanksgiving, our wishes, our requests. We like to pray for ourselves. Imagine praying everyday and God hearing I, me, and my all the time.  Of course He will never get tired of listening to us, but imagine the joy we will bring to Him when He hears us pray for other people as well?  How about dedicating a day or two in a week to pray for them? — for the people we cherish, for those we seldom see, and even for strangers, including the person that God has meant for you to meet in the future. Praying is an expression of love first to God, and second to the people we pray for. It can be a friend, a family member, a loved one, a classmate, even a person we don’t like, or a stranger on the streets. In short, we can pray for anyone!

“Thank you Lord for guiding my mom and for putting my sister’s schedule in place. I hope that you give them more wisdom and please give my father the strength that he needs as well. You know how much he wants to provide for the family. Please guide him in his decisions. I also pray for my friends. I may not see them too often, but I pray that You stay by their side always, and may their hearts find joy in You alone. I pray for my workmates. Bind us together and help us rise from the challenges that come with our daily tasks. Finally, I pray for everyone I will meet today and in the coming days. I don’t know who they are yet, but I know You have a purpose behind every encounter, every time you put people in our path. Please help me accept them as they are.”

Praying for other people is an expression of love and selflessness, a reflection of how much we value our relationships and the future blessings God has in store for us. God is pleased when He hears us say thank you for someone else’s blessings or when we ask for His favour on behalf of our brothers and sisters. He is interested to hear us pray for someone else as much as he enjoys hearing our “I, me, and my” prayer. Growing together entails praying for each other. There is power in togetherness, and I would love to believe that the prayers we lift up together are echoed to the heavens much, much higher. We can start by praying for one person, and then another one the next day, until we realize we’ve already prayed for more people than we know. And the only thing left for us to do is wait in excitement to see how God will answer each of those selfless prayers.

We at TLW invite you to take this moment to pray for that person in your mind right now.

 

Guest post by Carmela Ann Santos, TLW Volunteer