What is life but a time of preparation? A preparation for what? For eternity.
We need to live now in such a manner that will prepare us for an eternity with God. That includes but is not limited to medical decisions.
I have a will. I have a living will. I have given my husband my health directives. My kids know what I want and do not want when it comes to extreme measures.
There is someone I know (not a family member) who has cancer. This person has been “left to dangle, to endure, to wait…was [this person] even worthy of such a glorious gift? Time will tell.” In watching and reading about this person’s struggle and pain, I have come to understand the notion of an illness being a “gift”. This person would probably not elect to receive chemotherapy were it offered. This person would live out God’s will.
Along this line I offer to you two blogs to read, both have a perspective on eternity in their recent posts that I respect deeply. They are Glory to God for All Things by Fr. Stephen Freeman and Occasional Musings written by my Uncle Curmudge.
I hope to keep Fr. Stephen’s words on eternity close to my heart and teach my kids and grandkids (should I be so blessed) about them. I have and will continue to emulate Uncle Curmudge’s wisdom in dealing with end of life decisions. Why? Because I want to relieve my children, grandchildren and my husband (should I pass first) from having the burden of making these decisions at a time when I want them to be able receive and give comfort, as well as grieve.
I do not believe this is being morose or morbid. I do believe it is being like the 5 virgins who had oil in their lamps in order to be prepared for the coming of our Lord.
Are you preparing for eternity?