I came across a message from an Aboriginal MP who is in my riding who says he plans to vote against his party’s proposed bill to legalize physician-assisted death. As I read the article, I heard a resounding Exactly!! in my head. He says the bill is not in keeping with his spiritual beliefs, but he had a new cultural twist on his explanation. In my province, as in some other provinces across the country, the youth suicide rate is high on reserves. He cited that if grandma and grandpa send a message that enough suffering means a person can end life, that this will send a wrong message to young people.
He mentions a conversation that he had with his Sundance chief several years ago who told him to be wary of the spirit of suicide and to rally against it. I thought that this is what I have been trying to say for awhile now without having the words. When the tough parts come, do we bail or do we stand strong? What message do we send if we choose not to suffer? Today’s First Reading from 1 Peter 5 says And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. We may suffer for a brief time but the God of grace and mercy will restore us.
This MP has taken an honourable stand. I for one am glad that he has.
What messages do we send about struggling?
Do you believe that suffering for a little while might bring about a restoration?
God of all Grace and Mercy, You call us to Eternal Glory. When we suffer may we remember that Christ suffered and died for us. Restore and strengthen us as you prepare to establish us in your divine plans. Amen.