“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:6-8
this morning as we start our day with breakfast and news, CNN’s Anderson Cooper reported how children died from diseases which could have been prevented if their parents gave them due medical attention. but because of a literary misinterpretation of a scripture passage, the followers of this certain congregation believes that drops of olive oil and prayers were enough to heal their sick.
a related subject also tackled how doctors would want to be spared from being prosecuted and sentenced to secondary manslaughter, if their terminally ill patients chose to overdose from the drugs they prescribed, in the premise that they did not end lives, but only the suffering.
still another HIV positive patient who suffers from hepatitis reiterates his right to die without prolonging the suffering that his illness would eventually bring about. and this, they all believe is to die with dignity.
this reality disturbed me because i believe otherwise. who are we to choose the exact time and date, or in which way we are to die? even Jesus, who is the Son of God, did not. instead He obeyed the will of the Father until the end. He could have chosen not to be crucified. He is God anyway. but He did not. did that make His death less dignified?
my daddy died of cancer. he was in pain all throughout the ordeal. he fought and suffered too. but that did not make his death any less dignified.
my aunt had brain surgery. thereafter, she depended on life support to survive. my uncle and cousins did not stop to seek only the best medical care for her. but she died anyway. that did not make her death less dignified too.
one may be diagnosed with life-threatening disease and be given only a year to live by the doctors. but a car may run over him the same day and die on the spot. who can tell?
so please, if you are one of those who feel hopeless and desperate because of your pain and suffering, and you wish to end it all now, or sooner, please stop and think again.
please just stop and look at the Cross of Christ. is there any pain and suffering that could ever surpass that which our Lord had to endure? He could have passed on that chance, but it was an opportunity that the Father gave the Son to save us. so that we, sinners, may overcome death and have eternal life. it was an opportunity that He chose not to miss.
whoever contemplates to die with dignity by ending life in his own terms is making a big mistake which can no longer corrected. life is a gift from God, only He shall take it away; when He wills it and how He wills it. and because it is a gift, we must own it to treasure and cherish. not to throw it away. otherwise, Jesus’ death on the Cross would be in vain.
when it’s our time to go, yes let it be with pride and honor and dignity. no matter how and when. and if our lives were full of love and compassion; of faith and hope, then it would be so… in God’s perfect time.