This September 11, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, we and the dear and gracious people of the Memphis Islamic Center will be cooperating with the American Red Cross in a blood drive. The number of people from Heartsong and MIC that have shown interest in being a part of this is impressive.
On the day a decade ago when so many senselessly lost lives due to fear and ignorance hardened into hatred, we are sharing life with each other, and with all those who will benefit from our gifts to them. For Heartsong it is a witness to our faith. I’m confident that the reason for MIC doing it is the same, but that is for them to say. We are offering ourselves as a witness to the love of Jesus for all people, and as a gift to those who will need the blood we offer.
On a day when so much blood was lost, we will be sharing life through the offering of part of our own lives. We mean this to be a public witness, not to garner publicity for what we are doing, but to use the opportunity to show the love of Jesus in yet another tangible and costly way. Ultimately for us, this is a gift to our Lord, who shed his blood as a means of giving life to us.
Last September the simple witness we made in loving our Muslim neighbors at MIC literally saved lives, and changed the world. As was true last year, this is a story we want to get out locally, nationally and world wide. We do it to offer an alternative to the mindless hatred that is still rampant in the world and seizes the headlines. We pray the Lord uses this to help many find their way safely home to him and his tribe. Our hope is that by sharing life with others who need it, along with our neighbors at MIC, we may cause those who are looking for some sanity and love in this world to consider opening their hearts and minds to Jesus and giving him a real try and making an offering of themselves to their neighbors for Christ’s sake.
We are making plans for this to be a safe, joyful, graceful and loving event. Please pray for just that to happen. You can make your stand with us by giving blood if you can, and by making every effort to be in one of the celebrations at Heartsong that Sunday. The theme of the Red Cross for all of their blood drives is: Sharing Life-love, give, live. We join with them and with MIC in this act of loving our neighbors.