What was the last noble thing you did?. Noble thing that I did? I am not sure that the do-er of a noble deed recognizes it at the time. Nobility to me speaks of something that is huge. For example: Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird was noble. However, if I think about things I have done that were generous I would think of my participation in the recent turkey-giving drive at my church. They collected donated frozen turkeys at a nearby grocery store for a food bank. The economy is dreadful in Arizona. My husband and I decided that we would participate and we donated 7 turkeys. I wish I had the funds to donate 1,000. But as I say, if each person that can do something does do something…..pretty soon the room is all lit up with generosity and goodness. Now I don’t think of that donation as noble. I do think of it as generous and kind.
When our infant daughter suffered complications a few days after surgery, we tried to donate her organs, but they were too far gone. I think of that thought as noble… because in our grieving and our loss we did think of others. However, it isn’t as astonishingly generous as you would think. One of our daughter’s roommates at the hospital was an infant boy named James Caron. He had been in the hospital a bit longer than our daughter. He was awaiting a liver transplant. We so very much hoped that our daughter’s liver could go to him. But her liver and other organs weren’t transplantable at that point. That made the loss doubly heartbreaking for us. His parents were moved beyond measure that we would consider it. We were moved beyond measure that God had brought us all together and we hoped that His purpose was for our daughter to help save his life. He later received a transplant, but he was so ill by then that it did not save him.
So as it turned out, God had brought our families and babies together so that they could meet on Earth before they med in heaven. When I think of Advent and Christmas season I think of how many gifts God gives us. Sometimes the gifts look like loss…but really they are not. God bless you today.