Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
Assisted suicide is legal in 9 countries and 5 states in America. Brittany Maynard, an advocate for “Dying with Dignity” wrote about her decision to use Assisted Suicide when she learned she had a brain tumor. She said “ I do not want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms.”
I sympathize with her and her family but have total control over your life is not realistic. Even if you don’t believe in God, you should know we can’t do everything on our own terms. When we put our trust in God, we develop the peace and understanding to hand things over to God, and let go of the control.
(Psalm 139:16)´” Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
She goes on to say “I would not tell anyone else that he or she should choose death with dignity. My question is: Who has the right to tell me that I don’t deserve this choice? That I deserve to suffer for weeks or months in tremendous amounts of physical and emotional pain? Why should anyone have the right to make that choice for me?”
Who has the right to tell us not to kill ourselves? God is the answer. Before we were even born God hand picked up to fulfill a destiny, do we know more than our creator? Is the clay greater than the potter? How can we fulfill Gods will if we cut our lives short? How can we expect God to create a miracle if we don’t allow him time or the circumstance to perform it?
(John 14:7) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
And then she said “Having this choice at the end of my life has become incredibly important. It has given me a sense of peace during a tumultuous time that otherwise would be dominated by fear, uncertainty and pain
What she really was looking for during this ordeal was peace. Jesus is the only one who can give us that peace, perhaps if she knew him, it could have changed her mind? When you don’t have the peace of Christ, it also leads to fear and uncertainty. Be strong and courageous for the Lord is with us and won’t forsake us.
(Romans 14:8) “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s”
November 3rd 2014 Brittney Maynard ended her life thru assistant suicide. Her last quote was “”It is people who pause to appreciate life and give thanks who are happiest. If we change our thoughts, we change our world! Love and peace to you all,” she said
I know this was a tough situation for her and the family, however I still believe we need to leave our lives in Gods hands. Let thy will be done, not our will. Could have God delivered her from this cancer? We will never know. Life is a gift from God, we need to learn to savor every moment. There is a higher purpose and deeper meaning to life then we know, there we are the clay and God is the potter, let him mold us as he sees fit, in Jesus name Amen