A Dignified Death?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • 41 Comments
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

pillsLike many, my heart broke when I recently watched Brittany Maynard's video in which she outlined her plans to die through physician-assisted suicide. No one – absolutely no one – welcomes the pain that dealing with a terminal disease invariably brings, and it's clear that this young woman is firm in her convictions. But if I could park my wheelchair beside her, I would tell her how the love of Jesus has sustained me through my chronic pain, quadriplegia and cancer. I don't want her to wake up on the other side of her tombstone only to face a dark, grim existence without life and joy; that is, without God. There's only one Person who has transformed the landscape of life-after-death, and that is Jesus, the One who conquered the grave and opened the path to life eternal. Three grams of Phenobarbital in the veins will only provide a temporary reprieve. It is not the answer for the most important passage of her life.

The hours are ticking away; please, Brittany, open your heart to the only One who can do something about your pain and your death. Life is the most irreplaceable and fundamental condition of the human experience, and I implore you to take a long, hard look at the consequences of your decision which is so fatal, and worst of all, so final.

 
 

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41 Comments

 
I so agree - praying she will change her mind. This is so sad and to kill yourself is no answer - and it is definitely not dignified. Our culture is so sick today, but I am glad you have faith in Christ.
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • 8:40 p.m.
  • Edie
please rethink what you are doing. Your so beautiful and can help so many people with what you have gone through. I live with pain and suffering every day but i can be a support to others and help them through what they are going through and that gives me joy and helps take pain away from me. GOD LOVES YOU! He wants you to stay and help others and he will bless you. Please rethink this decision.
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • 8:06 p.m.
  • Laneta
Amen could not have stated it better.
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • 8:06 p.m.
  • Thomas Perry
Amen
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • 7:55 p.m.
  • Melissa Booher
I do not believe God gives anyone permission to take their life. This is a lie of satan that is being put in effect by lost people. Also, why is it being publicized so much by the media? This is putting ideas in other people's mind. This a tool of the adversary. Thanks, Joni, I agree with you.
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • 7:33 p.m.
  • watheda hicks
I'm praying she starts to realize that there are people who love her enough to stay by her side during this illness. Jesus is the only one who can determine when our time on earth is done.
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • 7:25 p.m.
  • Debbie Thate
It is so true what my sister in the Lord Joni said. There is so much pain in this world, but without Jesús Christ ther is even more pain on the other side of the grave for ETERNITY.
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • 7:25 p.m.
  • Edward Holland
It is heartbreakingly sad. Thank you for your encouraging words and truth. I pray that she hears them and turns to Christ. God bless you!
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • 7:22 p.m.
  • Elisabeth
Joni, you are an answer to my prayer.I ask God to send someone to her and give her Hope. I pray it's you!
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • 7:14 p.m.
  • Ruby Wentz
Brittney, my father died August 26th. The morphine helped ease his final hours. He was so eager to see Jesus that he caught the sleep the morphine tried to induce. With eyes open and full of wonder, we asked if he could see Jesus. He gave a week nod, but would not take his big deep brown eyes off his Lord. We said, "Fly to Jesus, Daddy." He joyously did just that. It was a precious home-going, leaving behind the beautiful testimony of his great God for his family and friends. I would love for you to have that assurance as well. Jesus loves you and would welcome you into His presence if you accept His gift of salvation!
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • 7:11 p.m.
  • Melissa Funnell
 
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