Kidney failure …

“Still God, you are our Father. We’re the clay and you’re the potter. All of us are what you made us.” Isaiah 64:8

healthYears ago my doctor diagnosed me with having kidney failure. A blood test showed that my percent levels of kidney activity was below the acceptable range. He sent me to a specialist who looked at the report and said, “You are in kidney failure.” Right away I could imagine having to ask one of my children to give up a kidney to save my life. But the doctor assured me that assumption was premature and probably would never happen. I sighed in relief because I would not want to ask any of my three children for that kind of a sacrifice.

We don’t know what causes our bodies to fail. In my case, I had used anti-inflammatory drugs for arthritis in my lower spine and was severely dehydrated after having a bout with a bad bacteria. All we can do is try to prevent things, such as kidney failure, by watching what we put in our mouths, including drugs. God gave us spare parts for emergencies. My mother-in-law lived on one kidney for a couple of decades. I know people who function with one lung, and I do well with one-third of a stomach, no spleen, a small amount of thyroid gland.

The following year my blood report came back with a satisfactory report. My kidneys are okay.

Lord, thanks for helping my body repair itself. Amen.


About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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