Monday, August 20, 2012

Listen to the Heart Beat

Mississippi mom April Beaver listens to her 16-year-old son's heart beating again in Kentucky psychiatrist, Dr. Chuck Shelton's chest following organ transplant.

It must have looked strange to passersby at Gulfport Biloxi International Airport: Two families approached one another, and a man and a woman both took out stethoscopes.

To April Beaver of Saucier, Miss., it was an answer to her prayers.

Her son Caleb died on Christmas last year. The 16-year-old had two strokes due to a congenital circulatory malformation, WLOX-TV reported.

April Beaver recalled praying one night. “I asked God to let me have a dream or something,” she said. “I wanted to feel close to Caleb's heart. I wanted to hear his heart beat."

The next day, she received a letter from Dr. Chuck Shelton, a psychiatrist from Kentucky. Caleb was an organ donor, and his heart saved Shelton’s life. Shelton wanted to thank Caleb’s family in person.

April Beaver and Dr. Chuck Shelton at Gulfport Biloxi International Airport

Shelton’s family met Beaver’s at the airport this week, and through stethoscopes, Caleb’s family got to hear his heart beating.

"That's Caleb," his mother said, weeping.

“It’s very strong,” Shelton replied.

He said he was “even better than I had been three or four years ago” with Caleb’s heart beating in his chest. "It's a gift and it's just indescribable.”

"That's what Caleb would have wanted," his mother said.

When I read this touching news article, I felt sorry for Caleb’s mom first of all and was also glad that she could hear his son’s heart beating again.

This story also reminded me of the death of Christ on the Cross who gave His life for you and me.

John 19:34 records;

One of the soldiers, however, pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out.”

Pierced his side. Finding him lifeless, the soldiers did not break his legs, but to make sure of death thrust a spear into his side. Came there out blood and water. The water, with clots of blood, can be accounted for only the previous rupture of the heart and the flow of blood into the pericardium (the membrane enveloping the heart), or outer sack of the heart, where it would separate very rapidly into water and clots of blood. Hence, it seems certain that the immediate physical cause of the death of Christ was rupture of the heart.

So to speak, we Christians have transplanted Christ’s heart in our chest. Born again with Christ’s new heart, our mission is to ‘love one another as He loved us.’

Lord, we know what our life’s mission is, but we experience it’s so hard to love our neighbors as ourselves. Please help us live up to Your Commandment - ‘love one another.’ Amen.

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