Serve one another humbly in love

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. – Galatians 5:13

Meet Cheryl.

She is my mother-in-love (Neil’s step mom). I met Cheryl in 2012 while Neil and I were dating. I instantly felt a spiritual bond with her. She has a humble heart and her faith is like a light that draws people to her. We love the same music. She is an amazing cook. She loves her family more than anything in the world. And she needs a kidney.

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Cheryl and Neil at our wedding reception on October 3, 2015.

In 2013 right before Thanksgiving, Cheryl was working as a dialysis nurse in Muskegon. She suddenly became very ill and was hospitalized. Her organs were shutting down.  We were shocked and confused and angry because no one could figure out what was wrong with her. She was going down hill fast and we were faced with the reality that it might be Cheryl’s time to meet the Lord. After days and days of tests, doctors diagnosed Cheryl with Goodpasture Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that triggers antibodies to start attacking organs.

Since then, Cheryl has undergone plasmapheresis treatments and has been on dialysis to maintain the function of her badly damaged kidneys for 3 years.

3 days a week, 4 hours a day, for 3 years = 1,872 hours

Cheryl can’t get 1,872 hours of her life back, but she has never once complained about her situation in my presence. God did not create us for a life connected to a dialysis machine. But he did give each of us two kidneys and he does call us to serve one another humbly in love. Cheryl’s life has been about servant hood to her family, to her career, to Jesus. It’s time for her to receive.

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