We all are sinful by nature, and so we all sin. People who are sorry for their sins, trust God to forgive their sins for Jesus’s sake, and want to do better than to keep sinning, in fact, have God forgive their sins. According to the riches of God’s grace, such people are redeemed through Jesus’s blood (Ephesians 1:7).
Jesus’s blood is sufficient for all sinners, no matter the specific sin or the specifics of their repentance. The repentant are truly blessed, knowing that no individual sin or collective number of sins is so great that Jesus’s blood cannot or does not cover it. And, in the miraculous mystery of the Lord’s Supper, the repentant participate in the fullness of His blood, no matter the amount of wine consumed.
Would that those who need human blood had a similarly infinite and immediately-available supply! During the summer months supply tends to go down at the same time that demand goes up, and, in fact, supply is critically low in a number of communities across the nation. You can help keep our communities from being among them.
Next Saturday, July 22nd, is the sixteenth quarterly Kilgore Community Blood drive, co-sponsored by the Kilgore Rotary Club and Pilgrim Lutheran Church, conducted by the Blood Center East Texas from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. inside Pilgrim’s new Parish Hall at 713 Florey Street in Kilgore. You can sign-up online at www.pilgrimlc.org/blooddrive or by calling the church office at 903-984-4333; walk-ins are also welcome.
Successful donors will receive Commit for Life beach towels. If the drive collects fewer than 25 units, one donor or donor-recruiter drawn at random will be blessed with $25 cash, thanks to an anonymous sponsor. If the drive collects 25 or more units, three recipients will be blessed with cash prizes totaling $500, thanks to Citizens Bank of Kilgore.
If you are not eligible to donate, recruit someone who is. If you are eligible, come and bring your eligible friends. Let us give away the $500 and, more importantly, supply our communities with human blood as Jesus supplies us with His!
The Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler is Pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Kilgore. You can reach him through the congregation’s website: www.pilgrimlc.org.