Stranger’s unselfish sharing sign of God’s mercy

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist

There is much sadness in the world. There is sadness in our community, the nation and the world. That is why I am sharing the following true story about an incident … no, a miracle … that is uplifting.

My sister Susie lives in Rochester, Minn. She sent this e-mail to me. I want to share it with readers:

“Judy I have some powerful news … it will not only make your day, it will make your spirit soar!! … We attend church with a dedicated Christian family. Their only son was diagnosed with cancer in his kidney when he was 3 years old. At 7, the cancer returned with viciousness, and his kidney had to be removed.

“His mother, who is in my Sunday school class, told me her son had received chemotherapy and radiation at age 3. Yet the cancer returned some years later, and the son received debilitating treatment again. Now their son is a teenager, and his remaining kidney is failing. His mother, the lady in my Sunday school class, wanted to donate her kidney, but she was not a match. His brothers and sisters were eliminated because they are under 18.

“The mom was heartsick as she told me she was eliminated as a donor for her son. But then she quietly said, “God is in control … He knows.” Since that time, the young man has continued to live his young life the best he is able, while bearing the weight of a chronic illness.

“His sibling, the boy’s older sister, works in a fast-food pizza restaurant. She is a committed Christian, an honor student, dedicated, mature, hard-working, and focused. She had been frustrated that a higher paying job with more future had not opened up for her. She continued to search and apply for other jobs. Still nothing.

“One day she was sharing the story of her brother with her co-workers. One female co-worker overheard her story. The co-worker took the sister aside and said, “I would like to donate my kidney to your brother.”

“The co-worker underwent exhaustive tests at the Mayo Clinic, and the greatest news of all came about —the woman was a perfect match for the young boy to receive her kidney!

“… This young man now has the chance of a healthy future and a fulfilling adulthood, all because of the unselfishness of a woman whom he hardly knew.

“Judy, without a doubt, I know God works, but it is uplifting to see him manifested in this clear way!”

The young man had the transplant on Wednesday. He is doing well.

Our ways certainly are not God’s ways. The boy’s sister would have left that job if she had her way … but she could not find another job. Because of that, she met the woman who came from nowhere, and offered to donate a kidney to a child whom she did not even know.

The old prophet Isaiah wrote: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, And my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

My sister’s e-mail only verified what I already knew: God knows what is best for each of us. We may not see it at the time but he is working, always working out the details of our lives for our good.

Judy Brandon is an instructor at Clovis Community College. Contact her at: