does Uncle Jim know somebody named Alice who's going to die?"
asked Tim. Dad looked puzzled. "When you and Mom were talking
about Uncle Jim, I thought I heard you say die and Alice's . . . or
something like that. I didn't quite get it. Uncle Jim isn't going to
die, is he? I know he hasn't been very well for a long time already."
heard us mention dialysis," said Dad. "That's all one
word- dialysis. We were talking about a medical procedure Uncle Jim
needs. Each organ or part of our body has a job to do, you know. All
of us have two kidneys that act as filters to remove poisons and
impurities from our blood. But Uncle Jim's kidneys quit working."
did?" Tim looked worried. "But if they're not working, he
will die, won't he?"
treatment, he will," replied Dad. "He really needs a
kidney transplant, but until that happens, he has to be connected to
a dialysis machine every so often. It takes over the filtering work
for the kidneys and removes poisons from the blood stream. It's very
complicated, but it's necessary because the poisons have to be
removed in order for us to live. For Uncle Jim, having dialysis is
like receiving a gift of life."
sat quietly, thinking about his father's explanation. Then he said,
"When I accepted Jesus as my Saviour, you told me that He took
all my sins away and made my heart clean on the inside. That sounds
something like dialysis, doesn't it?"
it does!" exclaimed Dad in surprise. "Good thinking, Tim.
Sin has made our hearts impure. But when we accept Jesus as Saviour,
He takes away all the sin and gives us the gift of eternal life."
He smiled. "One difference is that people on dialysis need to
repeat the procedure over and over, but Jesus takes our sin away
forever. Dialysis is a wonderful thing, but salvation through Jesus
Christ is even better."
Tim nodded. Then he grinned. "But I sure am glad there's a
machine that can help Uncle Jim, too," he added in a relieved voice.
ABOUT YOU? Are you thankful for all
the wonderful things doctors and hospitals can do? You should be -
but you should be even more thankful for what Jesus did on the cross
for you. Have you been made clean by His blood? If not, accept Him today.
John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our
sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (NIV)