"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace."
— Ephesians 1:7 (NASB)
The voice mail message was scary: "Please call the health clinic about your lab work as soon as possible."
It was the first time I'd had blood tests done in 20 years. If you're like me, you dread getting a message like that because it means bad news. I thought, "What could be wrong? I feel great." But then your pulse races and you remember the heart problems and cancer that run in your family and you assume the worst.
So I called the clinic. The receptionist couldn't find my paperwork and the seconds ticking by seemed like hours. When she found the papers, she got back on the line and said, "The doctor wants to talk to you."
"It's so bad the doctor herself has to talk to me," I worried.
Finally, I was transferred to my doctor. To my surprise, she told me my lab report was "beautiful," and she wished she saw one like it every day. My cholesterol was where it should be, my thyroid was normal and there were no signs of anemia or diabetes.
"Even your vitamin D levels are good!" she said with a smile in her voice. "I wanted to tell you personally to keep doing what you're doing because it's working."
I was relieved, then happy. I went around bragging to anyone who would listen that I had beautiful blood!
But the truly beautiful blood was shed on a cross about 2,000 years ago, so that all who believe in the one who died there can live in eternity with Him. It's the blood of Jesus that removes shame and guilt even today.
After the call to the clinic, I felt so good about my tests I decided to have ice cream for dinner.
You can meet Lorri and other authors at the East Texas Book Fest on Aug. 22 at Harvey Convention Center.