“Where is your sting?”

There is an undeniably tragic story that I have been following.

Have you heard about Brittany Maynard? It makes my heart feel so heavy. It really does.

Brittany Maynard is a 29-year-old woman who was diagnosed with a brain tumor this past January. You can read more details in this article: http://ktla.com/2014/10/27/days-before-shes-chosen-to-die-terminally-ill-brittany-maynard-fulfills-bucket-list-item/

You can read her own words here: http://www.thebrittanyfund.org/notes.php 

I’m not going to say much about it, because I found an article that talks about it better than I could. (Yes, I trust John Piper more than I trust myself on this topic.

Today is November first. The day that Brittany plans to die. I don’t know what’s happening with this situation right now. But maybe we could pray. For her. For her family. For others who are considering the opinions that are being presented and being influenced by this situation. This “death with dignity” idea… It’s another way that people are trying to prove themselves more powerful than God.

Here is what John Piper says: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/we-are-not-our-own-on-god-brittany-maynard-and-physician-assisted-suicide. 

To rob yourself of the victory of defeating death. In a way, perhaps, Brittany is defeating to death. In another way, she’s submitting to it in hopelessness. It feels wrong to say anything about this topic… me who has never experienced true physical pain. But I honestly believe that death, and  graciously accepting the process of dying , is a final, beautiful submission to God. Acknowledging that He is the one Who gave you life, and that that life is His, and that He is the one Who knows best when it is time for that life to finished.

Keep it mind today?

It’s sad.

“Death is swallowed up in victory. Oh death, where is your victory? Oh death, where is your sting?” -1 Corinthians 15:54-55