This week the Canadian Parliament is finalizing their assisted-death law. Unlike the five states in the US that have legalized assisted-suicide for terminally ill people, the Canadian law extends doctor-assisted death to people with disabilities who find their condition unbearable. My first thought was, “WHO THE HECK DOESN’T!!!!!!!”
What makes a person’s life unbearable? It doesn’t take a disability to make a life miserable, but it does make it challenging. I think that many people with disabilities struggle when their limitations keep them from achieving dreams. I just got a call about a young handicapped woman who is very discouraged. I can remember when I felt like a victim of my limitations. However I learned how to surrender my dreams to God and now I understand what God’s purpose is for my life regardless of my condition.
My friend Mark, was a healthy teenager until he had a skiing accident when he was 16. He’s been paralyzed ever since and survives with the help of a ventilator. In January he developed a sore on his leg that has forced him to be bedridden for several months.
Knowing he represents others who will be affected by the legislation, I asked him why he has wanted to keep living. His answer was clear, “His passion for encouraging others makes his life worth fighting for.”
God values people so much differently than people often do. When we understand how much God loves us we can gain hope and courage from His promises.
Zech. 9:12 Come to the place of safety, all you prisoners, for there is yet hope! I promise right now, I will repay you two mercies for each of your woes.