Bailout

December 9, 2008 | 16 comments

So I was in church Sunday and got to thinking about the GM bailout.

I mean, here I was, amidst hundreds of worshippers who were still taking in a terrific sermon. We were about to receive communion — the body and blood of Jesus Christ — and I was sitting there thinking of a GM bailout.

In my seat, I’m thinking about who “deserves” a bailout — if anyone does, really.

I’m thinking about promises that the rescue plan is failproof.

I’m thinking about how so much hope rests on a single plan.

I’m wondering whether those who are bailed out will try to repay. Or will this really amount to a donor-recipient relationship?

And then, all of this got me thinking about my previous night at a fundraiser for “The Greatest Gift” foundation. My friend Becky started the foundation as a support for “living donors” — people who, while still living, donate an organ so another person can live. Becky is a living donor. She gave part of her liver to her ailing brother.

So there I was in church — thinking about donors, and bailout plans, and living sacrifices, and how Jesus said love is when a guy will lay down his life for a friend.

The brassy communion tray was headed down my row by then, and I took a tiny plastic cup, filled halfway with wine. I passed the tray to the guy sitting to my left. When he reached for it, I saw that he wore one of those rubbery green bracelets on his right wrist. It read “Iowa Donor Network.” I found out later that this guy’s friend died in a motorcycle accident, and most of his organs were used to save the lives of many others.

So this guy was wearing a bracelet to remember the hope that rose from death.

I passed him the tray, and then got so worked up over this massive bailout plan that I began to cry.

All because of the General Motors bailout? Not even close.

This GM Bailout: The God-Man Bailout. My failproof rescue plan. The plan by which I’ve been saved.

I don’t deserve it, but I got it. All my hope rests on a single plan — God coming down to Earth as a baby. And I couldn’t stop thinking about it on Sunday, sitting next to a stranger wearing a donor bracelet.

You see, this stranger and I are both the recipients of the biggest donor-initiated bailout in world history. And neither of us owes a thing. The price has already been paid.

by | December 9, 2008 | 16 comments

16 Comments

  1. Billy Coffey

    Wow. Just…wow. So right, we all need a bailout of the God-Man sort.

    I enjoyed the glimpse into your thought process, too!

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  2. lynnrush

    OH WOW. Right on, Jennifer.

    God-Man bail out….what a great perspective. Thanks!

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  3. Chris Godfredsen

    And isn’t it sooo cool when God shows up? As you sat there contemplating this whole bail-out business, God hanging on that cross – his body broke and blood poured out for you and the guy to your left and for me – that He moves you to tears. If we really, really stop to take in those images – his body broken and blood poured out to bail each of us out – an emotional experience is sure to follow!

    Thanks for sharing your heart, your mind and what Jesus is up to with you, with us!

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  4. Chris Godfredsen

    And isn’t it sooo cool when God shows up? As you sat there contemplating this whole bail-out business, God hanging on that cross – his body broke and blood poured out for you and the guy to your left and for me – that He moves you to tears. If we really, really stop to take in those images – his body broken and blood poured out to bail each of us out – an emotional experience is sure to follow!

    Thanks for sharing your heart, your mind and what Jesus is up to with you, with us!

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  5. patty

    love it…love how God directs our thoughts, how He shows up time & time again and how He brings us face to face with Himself…face to face with all that really matters.

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  6. janelle

    You know that feeling that I get-the one where I have to breathe in just to make room for HIM? Yeah, this did it. Thank you.

    (This doesn’t have anything to do with your post except that…) I have shed so many tears these past 5 or so days; partly because of praying for John and Bob and just remembering what we felt like when we were going through it with Clint’s mom – but mostly because these “dry bones” are not feeling so dry anymore and your words (from God’s mouth) help to quench my thirst.

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  7. pam

    What a great perspective! I’ve been thinking a lot about bailouts too, because it hits home here in Michigan. Thank you for putting a more Godly point of view.

    Your site looks fresh and fun. I look forward to reading more.
    Pam at beyondjustmom

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  8. Minister Mamie L. Pack

    Jennifer,

    How true this is. Often times, when I hear people say what difference can one person make I am reminded of the biggest difference Christ made in my life. His one choice has changed countless lives and more still to come. This is a wonderful reminder of the greatest bailout plan ever, Christ.

    with blessings,

    Minister Mamie L. Pack

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  9. Darlene

    ooooooooh. SOOOOOOOOO GOOD. so good.

    Our G-M bailout. We don’t deserve it.

    love this one, girl. love it.
    Darlene

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  10. L.L. Barkat

    Love the reversal at the end. And of course, the meaning of it all.

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  11. sharilyn

    that was awesome. i love it when God opens our eyes to see things with His eyes…to understand things from His understanding, which is so far deeper than our own. thank you for sharing!

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  12. Lori

    Amen, Sister. Preach it. From the baptist in your bunch.
    Keep seeing God in all things.
    Lori

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  13. Jesse and Sarah

    That was great Jennifer! You hit it right on the head.

    That was a thought provoking post…makes me think at least.
    🙂

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  14. John Dennis

    Awesome. Your mind was wandering in the right direction during the communion service.

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  15. Living and Baking in Boise

    I couldn’t have said it better. Beautiful words…beautiful bailout.

    Jenn Calling Home
    http://www.callwhenyougetthere.com (my real identity/blog, which doesn’t fit below)

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  16. Christina Berry

    Really, really nice post.

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