The Heart Beat

heartbeatI had the car radio tuned to a Christian station while I was traveling on the Mountain Parkway. I love to drive on this scenic highway that leads into the heart of Eastern Kentucky. I was half listening and half enjoying the beautiful scenery. During a few minutes of listening, I heard one of the program speakers share an incredible account.

In my best recollection of the radio account, a healthy young athlete in his early twenties was in a tragic automobile accident. He sustained massive head injuries. At the hospital, the parents faced the grave reality that their only son was showing no brain activity. Prayerfully, the heart-wrenching decision was made to donate their son’s organs to those in urgent need of a transplant.

After a couple years of healing with the help of the Lord, the young man’s mother started on a quest with the help of the medical personnel who organized the procedures necessary to remove the healthy organs and get them to quantified recipients. She was eventually able to contact each organ recipient and asked each if she might meet them. One at a time, she met the people who had received her son’s healthy organs. Tears and expressions of thankfulness greeted her from those who had received these life giving gifts. These meetings helped her continue the healing process and brought her great joy.

Her final contact, purposely planned, was the man who had received her son’s heart. She walked up on the porch and faced the man who was alive because of her son’s heart. She momentarily lost control and ran toward the man. She threw her arms around him and gave him a bear hug, nearly lifting him off the floor. She held on for the longest time. Stepping back, she offered a tearful apology for the prolonged hug. “I’m sorry, I just wanted to feel my son’s heart beat!”

I can’t help but wonder if that’s what it will be like when we arrive in Heaven. Our Heavenly Father will open His arms and give us a hug and hold us for a moment. Then we’ll hear Him say, “I just want to hear My Son’s heart beat.”

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all.” (1 Timothy 2:4-5)

~ Brother Roy

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