Thursday, March 31, 2005

The Long Ordeal is Over

2 Samuel 12:15-23 (New International Version)

15 “After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and went into his house and spent the nights lying on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.

18 On the seventh day the child died. David's servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, we spoke to David but he would not listen to us. How can we tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”

19 David noticed that his servants were whispering among themselves and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked.
“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”

20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

21 His servants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”

22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.' 23 But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

Terri Schiavo’s long ordeal is over. She died this morning at forty-one, some thirteen days after her feeding tube was removed by court order. Her case is now in the hands of the Righteous Judge of all humanity. He will do what is right!

Terri’s agony is over. I suspect that for this nation in moral decline that agony is about to begin in earnest, to be repeated many times over. May God have mercy on our collective soul.


James Fletcher Baxter said...

"Woe unto you lawyers and judges!" Your stewardship before The Creator was non-existent. The Lord God will not be mocked. As you have sown you will reap.

You legalists are individuals and will be weighed in the balances of your own choosing. One = zero =_____


Res Ipsa said...

I think we will be OK.

(And what about Terri's lawyers and the dissenting judges?)