…This series of posts will appear a bit scattered and incomplete. My brain and heart have been processing so much these past few weeks in relation to the Sacredness of Life. These are just a few examples and quotes I’ve connected…
Brittany Maynard – Die with Dignity Advocate
Age 29. Just married. Excited to start a family.
Terminal Brain Cancer.
Wanted to leave a Legacy so she advocated for Death with Dignity for terminally ill Americans.
Didn’t want to suffer through seizures, debilitating strokes, a slow death – with low-quality health existence.
Didn’t want her family to have to see her suffer and take care of her in her last days.
Ended her life with a pill prescribed by a Doctor on November 1 surrounded by family.
My heart hurts for her and her family. There are such mountains to climb in life.
There was never any mention of God or religion in the media about Brittany.
I feel she did what she thought was right based on the knowledge she had.
My thoughts on the Sanctity of Life.
I know that life is sacred & God-given:
… the conception of babe between a married man & woman
… the physical birth of that sweet spirit straight from the Spirit World
… the natural death of our physical body
… and that life is eternal. We will be resurrected to a whole physical and spiritual body.
Our family has been talking about Newton’s 3rd Law:
“For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action.”
We don’t appreciate the JOY without experiencing the HARD.
Highest highs … lowest lows.
I think of existence in the Garden of Eden for Adam & Eve:
Adam & Eve knew no joy in the garden of Eden because they knew no pain.
Because we exist in mortality we have deep painful moments in life … we have high Joyful moments … equal and opposite reactions.
From the favorite story of C.S. Lewis movie Shadowlands:
Jack: “Why love, if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore: only the life I have lived. Twice in that life I’ve been given the choice: as a boy and as a man. The boy chose safety, the man chooses suffering. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That’s the deal.”
Joy Gresham: “We can’t have the happiness of yesterday without the pain of today. That’s the deal.”
From Bruce & Marie Hafen’s “Fear Not, I am With Thee: Christ’s Atonement and our Personal Growth” Message
Marie Hafen: We hope that as we increase our understanding of what Christ has done for us, we might also increase our willingness to submit to whatever He may ask of us.
Bruce Hafen: “the story of Christ’s life is the story of giving His Atonement. The story of Adam and Eve is the story of receiving His Atonement” We need the Atonement to help us grow to become like our Father, because we cannot be “with Him” forever in His celestial realm until we are “like Him.”. . . Then, as we grow up, like our first parents, we wrestle with afflictions–sin, misery, children– and that wrestling, paradoxically, teaches us what joy means.