Thursday, February 26, 2009

More Thoughts on my Opa

I wrote about my Opa on Monday. He hasn't been able to walk after a stroke late last year. Based on some conversations I had last Saturday, I knew it was time to start praying more intensely for him. That message was confirmed for me on Sunday when part of the Gospel reading was taken from Mark 2:10-12:
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on
earth"-- he said to the paralytic, "I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home." He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this."
It's exactly for this reason that I still believe God answers our prayers. It's His way of demonstrating that he cares and that he really is in control of everything down here. Our job is simply to ask, believe, wait, and then give God thanks and glory when he answers. Most of my family seems to have given up on Opa, so I'm hoping that this time God answers the prayers by helping Opa to walk again.

There's no way to know really what the results of this would be. I don't know if God will answer this prayer the way I want him to. Even if He does, I'm sure some people will say it was only a matter of time for him to get his strength back anyway. BUT - if He does help Opa to walk again, I'll make sure my family all knows my explanation.

My last thought on this is just to be extremely thankful that Euthanasia is illegal in this country. I can see how my family could easily be ripped apart if this was considered an option. I think this is an important time for Opa to reflect on his life and get ready for the next. I don't want anyone ending his life before his time.


Misanthropic Scott said...
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Misanthropic Scott said...

Euthanasia implies that this would be forced. Would you really take away the right of your Opa to decide for himself whether life was worth continuing? What if he were truly in pain, capable of expressing it, and requested that his life be ended? Would you take away even the right of a person over one's own body? Would you force suffering on your Opa beyond what he would choose to survive?

Anyone who has ever had to explain to a child that their dog or cat had to be put to sleep is either lying through their teeth to their children or is treating their parents and grandparents worse than they would treat their pets.

For my part, my living will makes it clear that if it has come to the point at which someone is reading my living will, please pull the plug, and if legal at that time, please actively and as painlessly as possible, end my life.

I have seen fates worse than death and do not wish to experience such a fate.

Misanthropic Scott said...

I apologize. I should have started my post with this.

You and your Opa have my best wishes for the best possible recovery after his stroke. Brain cells do indeed regenerate and new sections of the brain can be used for old functions. It is still possible that his health will improve slowly and significantly over time. I hope that this is the case. As an atheist I will not pray. But, you do have my best wishes.