“And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.” I Samuel 20:17
One of the most admired relationships in life is that of two people who have forged an enduring friendship. With such development an illumination emerges, often of such brilliance that its warmth serves to affect the atmosphere, so that all around are touched by this rare affection.
Such was true with David and Jonathan whose rich friendship has been set as a biblical model.
Jonathan said to David:
“Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even do it for thee.”
Jonathan promised to warn David of Saul’s evil intentions:
“…but if it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee…”
Jonathan grieved for his friend:
“…did eat no meat the second day of the month: for he was grieved for David…”
In response to David’s asking Jonathan to spare not only his life, but that of his seed:
“…Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David’s enemies.”
Finally, they wept together:
“…They…wept one with another…”
In the news today is a moving account of Michael Moore who recently gave one of his kidneys to his friend, Stephen Gottschalk. Stephen Gottschalk, 50, of Hillsboro, Mo., says it’s clear his friend Moore, 51, is saving his life. Moore, in return, says Gottschalk has given him a new lease on his own.
From Fox News
For Thursday’s six-hour surgery, the friends were under anesthesia side by side in adjacent operating rooms. There were two surgeons at work, one in each operating room. Dr. Surendra Shenoy made a 6- to 7- centimeter incision in Moore’s back, while Moore was on his side.
After the surgeon removed the kidney, she handed it off to Dr. Niraj Desai, in a bowl of ice. Desai held the organ in his hand, flushing it out with a preservation solution and preparing it for the transplant.
Barnes-Jewish does about 120 to 150 kidney transplants annually. Nationwide, about 16,600 were performed last year, said Barnes-Jewish spokeswoman Kathy Holleman, citing United Network for Organ Sharing Statistics.
Having a best friend who works as a kidney donor match isn’t common, but also not unheard of. What amazes most who learn of the men’s story is not the science of the transplant, but the strength of the friendship.
Both men were doing well immediately after the operations.
More of the article and a video is here.
Do you have close friends…friends like David and Jonathan…friends like Michael and Stephen? What sterling treasure are such bonds.
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