Life can only be kept by giving it away. But then it will bloom. (Anne Rivers Siddons, late American novelist)
It’s an extreme sacrifice when someone gives his or her life for another, whether in war or in a life-saving emergency. But sharing your life with someone is also a valuable gift, and it doesn’t diminish your own life at all. As Siddons suggests, it blooms in the life of someone else. What a wonderful way to add to the bouquet of shared community.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)