Virtue of the Week: Sacrifice

Sacrifice of LoveSacrifice of Love

The family doctor told little John that he could save his sister’s life by giving her some blood. The little five-year-old girl was very near death, she was a victim of the same deadly disease from which John, her elder brother of age eight, had made a marvelous recovery two years earlier. The only chance for restoration to health was a blood transfusion from someone who had previously conquered the illness. Since the two children [John and the sick little sister] had the same rare blood type, the boy was the ideal donor.

“John, would you like to give your blood for your sister Mary?” the doctor asked him. The boy hesitated.
His lower lip started to tremble out of fear. Then he finally smiled, and said, “Yes, Doctor. I’ll give my blood for my sister.” Soon the two children were wheeled into the operating room- Mary, now very pale and thin; John, robust and the picture of health. Neither of them said a word, they both remained silent, but when their eyes met, John grinned.

As his blood siphoned into Mary’s veins, one could obviously see new life come into her weak and tired body. The ordeal was almost over when John’s brave little voice broke the long silence, “Doctor, when will I die?” It was only then that the doctor realized what the moment of hesitation, the trembling of the boy’s lip, had meant earlier.

Being just a little boy, John actually thought that when giving his blood to his sister he was giving up his
life! And in that brief moment, the final decision that he had made was the greatest love of all… The doctor and everyone in the operating room were deeply moved by the little boy’s brave final decision… the unconditional sacrificing love…

Sacrificing out of what you have is human nature, but sacrificing ALL of what you have needs a lot of LOVE. Nowadays people always think of what they can get in return before giving, if the return is less than what they gave, then they will be reluctant to give.

Always think of what you can do to help others and not just what you can get from them.


Origin of the Iterod

Every year in Alaska, a 1000-mile dogsled race, run for prize money and prestige, commemorates an original “race” run to save lives. Back in January of 1926, six-year-old Richard Stanley showed symptoms of diphtheria, signaling the possibility of an outbreak in the small town of Nome. When the boy passed away a day later, Dr. Curtis Welch began immunizing children and adults with an experimental but effective anti-diphtheria serum. But it wasn’t long before Dr. Welch’s supply ran out, and the nearest serum was in Nenana, Alaska–1000 miles of frozen wilderness away. Amazingly, a group of trappers and prospectors volunteered to cover the distance with their dog teams! Operating in relays from trading post to trapping station and beyond, one sled started out from Nome while another, carrying the serum, started from Nenana. Oblivious to frostbite, fatigue, and exhaustion, the teamsters mushed relentlessly until, after 144 hours in minus 50-degree winds, the serum was delivered to Nome. As a result, only one other life was lost to the potential epidemic. Their sacrifice had given an entire town the gift of life.