Beautiful the Blood

Yesterday our daughter Kate went through a stem cell transplant. I knew and still know little about this entire process, but I am amazed at the whole idea. Transplants are not all the same and ones like Kate’s are autologous, taking her own stem cells. Then what happened yesterday is called a “RESCUE”, because the chemotherapy given in the days prior to this is so strong it would practically destroy every cell in her body. So without this rescue, Kate would be in BIG trouble. So that’s why celebrated yesterday, it truly was a big day!

Yet, for some going through transplant this is literally a life and death rescue. This day is not only celebrated as a big day but as a second birth. These recipients receive a blood rescue that hopefully brings them from death to life. Many of these rescued ones then for the rest of their lives rejoice every year at their 2nd birth.

I don’t know if I have ever personally witnessed such a profound earthly illustration of Jesus’ blood rescue from our disease of sin. As desperately as my daughter and countless others struggling with diseases like cancer and leukemia are dependent upon a rescue, all of us are ultimately hopeless without Christ’s rescue. In light of the plague of sin from our first birth everyone one of us needs this rebirth that truly gives life, Jesus stated it in this way:

John 3:“I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.

So then, the blood that Jesus willingly sacrificed on the cross purchased for us the great privilege of rescue, the opportunity to truly live!

Here are a few other passages that speak to this…

Ephesians 1:7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…

Colossians 1:19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.


10 thoughts on “Beautiful the Blood

  1. This is amazing, Aaron. It has been such a blessing to be able to follow along with your family’s story, and see how much God can teach us, even in the hardest of times, if we simply make ourselves open to hear Him speak.

  2. Aaron,
    This was a powerful post; and how awesome of God to allow you to make this point!
    I too, have been and will continue to pray for Kate and your entire family.
    In His Perfect Love…

  3. What a powerful illustration. God is clearly using this trial in your lives to bring glory to himself by showing who He truly is more clearly to those prayerfully following Kates battle. Stay strong as many are praying. God Bless!

  4. I have just recently stumbled across your family’s story of walking with Kate through this journey called Cancer. My heart cries out to God for this precious child to be completley and utterly healed. I truly appreciate how honest you and your wife have been through this experience. What a blessing to see how God has and continues to work in all of your lives. Thanks for sharing that beautiful song…completley fitting for Kates big day! and the spongebob gowns…fantastic:) Thanks for being the family God wants you to be.

  5. Praise God for his love and mercy and favor chase us all the days of our lives. Praise you Jesus for your shed blood. May it be infused with Kates cells to heal her completely that we may rejoice profoundly in the days to come. You are awesome and glorious and perfect, I expect nothing less than that for this little one, absolutely nothing. Thank you…Thank you…Thank you Jesus, what would we do without you and your Amazing Grace! Keep declaring and commanding that mountain to move and it will, it has to obey your/ our collective authority that was returned to us through that shedding of the blood of our Lord and Savior. Hugs to you all McRae Family. Be blessed. So glad yesterday has come and gone for you.

  6. Dear Kate and Family,
    My name is Jean and I’m a volunteer with the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link. Our organization helps patients, caregivers, and families cope with the social and emotional challenges of transplant by providing vital information and personalized support services. We subscribe to Google blog alerts, where we found your story.
    Please know that others are thinking of you and pulling for you! To learn more about our programs and services, please visit or call 800-546-5268.
    All the best!
    P.S. I’d like to send you a copy of our award-winning “Caregivers” Guide for BMT” if you send a mailing address to

  7. I can’t leave a guestbook signature this long, so I thought I’d see if a blog comment would accept it. I’ve been praying that Kate would not even smell of smoke…as God protects her through the fiery furnace. Today I read this devotion, and it encouraged me in my really tough spot. I hope it encourages you.

    Morning & Evening
    Author: Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    Morning: Chosen in the Furnace

    “I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.”
    –Isaiah 48:10
    Comfort thyself, tried believer, with this thought: God saith, “I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” Does not the word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the flame? Yea, is it not an asbestos armour, against which the heat hath no power? Let affliction come–God has chosen me. Poverty, thou mayst stride in at my door, but God is in the house already, and He has chosen me. Sickness, thou mayst intrude, but I have a balsam ready–God has chosen me. Whatever befalls me in this vale of tears, I know that He has “chosen” me. If, believer, thou requirest still greater comfort, remember that you have the Son of Man with you in the furnace. In that silent chamber of yours, there sitteth by your side One whom thou hast not seen, but whom thou lovest; and ofttimes when thou knowest it not, He makes all thy bed in thy affliction, and smooths thy pillow for thee. Thou art in poverty; but in that lovely house of thine the Lord of life and glory is a frequent visitor.
    He loves to come into these desolate places, that He may visit thee. Thy friend sticks closely to thee. Thou canst not see Him, but thou mayst feel the pressure of His hands. Dost thou not hear His voice? Even in the valley of the shadow of death He says, “Fear not, I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God.” Remember that noble speech of Caesar: “Fear not, thou carriest Caesar and all his fortune.” Fear not, Christian; Jesus is with thee. In all thy fiery trials, His presence is both thy comfort and safety. He will never leave one whom He has chosen for His own. “Fear not, for I am with thee,” is His sure word of promise to His chosen ones in the “furnace of affliction.” Wilt thou not, then, take fast hold of Christ, and say–
    “Through floods and flames, if Jesus lead,
    I’ll follow where He goes.”

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