On Euthanasia and Suffering

The euthanasia law currently before the South Australian Parliament proposes that patients not suffering from terminal conditions can also be put to death. As reported by The Australian on 13 Oct 2016:

“An architect of state legislation to introduce the right to die in Australia says euthanasia should be available to people not at imminent risk of death. South Australian Labor MP Steph Key will today circulate an amended version of the bill to be debated by the state parliament next week, …”

Having walked with a loved one suffering a decapititating non-fatal illness for 20 years, I speak with a heavy heart that while it was at times very tough for everyone concerned, it was also a healing experience for everyone involved – the ill person included. Do not discount the value inherent in suffering. It is a mystery not easy to understand, especially when you are in the midst of it.

Let us pray forĀ those who are ill and their carers. May God show them His mercy; andĀ give them the strength and wisdom to persevere through their difficulties. Let us also pray for our political leaders, that they may have the wisdom to discern their decisions and the strength stand firm against the tide of popularism.

“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” Mt 26:39

Amen.


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