. . .after some thought.
I pray with everything I have and am that I am not in so much pain that I will beg for someone I love to take my life for me. I cannot imagine at this moment in my life, putting someone through carrying such a horrific burden for the rest of their lives. Suicide is a violent act against those left behind. . . to make one of those the extension of that violent act in becoming the weapon. . . is such a harmful thing to someone I profess to love.
I don't know, honestly if I would have the strength - pain is something that can drive the sanest person absolutely insane and capable of doing the most horrific thing. I would consider this an unbearable trial. I do know I am to pray that I might be spared the last trial.
Lord have mercy on this man who carries this for the rest of his life. . .one day would be too much for me to bear.
My very real prayer NOW is that if I lose my mind to dementia - that I would not forget HIM. That perhaps He would bring good out of it in some way, as He promised to do.
The right to die? This is odd to me. There are a million and one ways to die - with or without the body ceasing to function. Do I have a right to each? As a Christian - as a believer in Christ, this isn't a right, it was a curse - one procured by the evil one in deception - and the fall of man. ANY death. . . is not the right death. Whether naturally or by means of control.
The law of the land: There was a woman in the Temple where Jesus preached. She was bent over for a very very long time - and when Jesus went to heal her, everyone got all persnickety about whether He should wait until the next day or not, as it was the Sabbath. He said that this woman had been in pain for many years - and they had put their barn animals and their care ahead of her, a daughter of Israel. Then He healed her.
He recognized her pain - and had compassion on her.
The law of the land is that it cannot heal those who are in tremendous pain because it is powerless. It is powerless. It has no power except the power that is given to it from His Throne.
WE on the other hand. WE HAVE THAT POWER TO HEAL, if we would pursue our responsibilities to pursue Him and let Him HEAL through us, instead of worrying about what law they come up with next. If they make a law that says 'do not prosecute those who are driven to murder out of compassion' - then it's because WE haven't gone and done what WE are called to do: Become Saints so that His power is made manifest in us so that HIS CHOICES are what is witnessed by the secular world.
Do you think she would have begged to have her life ended if she had THAT hope? To call the local Holy Man who walks in, with, and by Christ to heal her?
Do you think he would have pulled the trigger if he had that hope?
Both had no hope. Both despaired. Lord have mercy on them both.
The government has nothing on us as the Body of Christ who would rather tend to our own things than reach out to touch those when He sends us to heal them.
I speak this to myself very loudly. Lord have mercy on us. Lord have mercy on me, a sinner. This situation convicts me down to my bones.