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January 13, 2010 / dcwisdom

Always Choose Life

In my sidebar under “Life, Light, and Laughter,” there are three powerful words:  ‘Always choose life.’

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you,
that I have set before you life and death,
blessing and cursing: 
therefore choose life,
that both thou and thy seed may live.”
Deuteronomy 30: 19  KJV

As I shared back in November, my dad passed on into eternity last summer and is now face-to-face with Master Jesus, worshiping at the Thone of The Almighty God The Father.   How comforting to my heart to KNOW that Dad is whole, healed, and laughing again.  How I miss him.

More than two years before his physical death, there was a life-changing decision to be made.  While Dad suffered with symptoms of Parkinsons, neuropathy, demensia, drug-induced hallucinations, and all the such of illness, Mom was faced with the decision ‘what do I do now, Lord?’

Dad had become seriously dehydrated, losing quickly his ability to swallow, move, communicate…  I’m not so sure that Dad himself might have initiated his decision to not eat or drink.  He had just entered the nursing home, upon his request, after a long and arduous period at home, considering and suffering physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally from an unfair, wicked disease.

Struggling with the life and death decision became a spiritual battle.  Inspecting from the natural, electing death to occur due to starvation seemed an obvious choice.  His body was already failing from disease symptoms.  But, starvation; when he could not feed himself or hold a cup.  His spirit was still attached.  He remained cognizant.

I watched Mom debate the decision.  There were those on either side.  But, standing before and answering to a Holy God, how does one answer the question of ‘life or death?’  If one errs, it’s best to err on the side of life.

Choose life. 

Beautiful Dad

That’s the only option.  Why?  So ‘that both thou and thy seed may live.’

For two more years, Dad made us laugh and cry.  We learned from him and from his surroundings.  God taught us how to empathize with the lonely, the crippled, the neglected, the forgotten.  God gave us a glimpse of what true suffering is and what sacrifice requires. 

Then, the deep, deep love of Jesus carried us, healed (and continues to heal) us,  and brought us closer to the heart of God.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free
Flowing as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me
Underneath me, all around me
Is the current of thy love
Moving onward, moving homeward
To thy glorious rest above
“…that both thou and thy seed may live.”