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WWII VET'S BLOOD SAVES GRANDMOTHER


And I think it is also what Paul was talking about in Romans 8:28 when he says, "...in all things God works for the good of those who love Him..."


Kim Huffman tells this story: World War II was over, and my father, along with thousands of others had been discharged from the service. On every highway you could see soldiers in uniform hitchhiking home to their families.


But for my father the thrill of reunion was overshadowed by his mother’s illness. There was a problem with her kidneys. The doctors told my father that she needed a blood transfusion immediately or she would not live through the night.


Grandmother’s blood type was AB negative, a very rare type. In those days there were no blood banks like there are today. No one in the family had that type blood either, and the hospital had not been able to find anyone with that rare type.


Realizing that grandmother had only a few hours to live, father decided to rush home, take a shower, change clothes and then return for the final good-byes.


As he was driving home he passed a soldier hitchhiking. At first, my father was not going to stop. But something compelled him to pull over. The soldier climbed in and the trip continued on in silence. Deep in grief, my father didn’t say a word.


But the soldier realized that something was wrong when he saw a tear roll down my father’s cheek, and he asked what was the matter. My father told him that grandmother was about to die because the hospital couldn’t find anyone with AB negative blood. My father explained that he was heading home to change clothes and then was going back to the hospital for her final hours.


The hitchhiker pulled something out of his pocket and that’s when father saw that he was holding dog tags that read "AB negative." The soldier told my father to turn the car around and head back to the hospital.


His blood saved my grandmother’s life, and she lived 47 more years. But somehow, in the excitement of the moment, the soldier slipped out of the hospital without any further word. To this day my family doesn’t know who he was. My father has often wondered if that stranger really was a soldier or if he was an angel in disguise.


All I know is that God was surely there, and in one way or another, He was the one who provided the blood that saved my grandmother that day.


(From a sermon by Melvin Newland, God is at Work Today!, 10/24/2009)

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