Today at 2:30, Lord willing, medical professionals shall unfreeze bone marrow some selfless young fellow gave to a stranger. These cells shall be transplanted into my Resplendent Bride’s dying body, whereupon, Lord willing, they shall happily take up residence and flourish: bringing forth new life.
Today is day zero of 100 imperative days. A new birth of sorts, we hope. These cells will find themselves strangers in a strange land, and like the Christian, they must needs choose whether to bring peace and life to their adopted homeland, or make war.
Yes, we embark upon 100 dread, yet hopeful days of discerning the matter: will this transplant graft?
For my part I shall attempt to chronicle these 100 days to the best of my meager abilities.
In most transplants the concern is that the recipient’s immune system will wage war upon an alien organ sawed and sewed into its midst. Yet, in my Resplendent Bride’s case it is an alien immune system that is being transplanted into her body. This new immune system may wage war on her Resplendent person.
This is called Graft Verses Host Disease.
A bone marrow transplant is an imperfect allegory for the alien life giving righteousness The Lord Jesus gives to all whom would dare trust in His name above their own.
This day is a mere shadow of the Day of Days.
The Apostle Paul writes of this when he writes that his desire was to be found in Him, not having a righteousness of his own…
I will be dwelling upon Paul’s moving words today as I rejoice over the eternal life my Resplendent Bride already has in Christ Jesus Our Lord, and pray for the healing of her temporal body in the here and now.
“8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith– 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.“
~ Philippians 3:8-11
We stand upon a grand precipice. On one side there is everlasting life with Christ and the culmination of all things, on the other side stretches forth a land where the dreams of our future dance and play.
My Resplendent Bride has fought this cancer since 2012. I have never before beheld such courage. I wish you all could have seen it from my vantage point.
Now there is today.
Will you pray with us for God’s will be done on Earth as in Heaven?