As I searched my heart and the net, trying to think of what I would blog about this week, I came across a news story. In the story it talks about a family that has moved to the US to save their child. They know he will die, but the thought of allowing him to starve to death or suffocate was too unbearable for them to face. A court order was in place that would allow the hospital to pull the plug to the baby’s life support.
There lies the wonders of socialized medicine.
Frantically the parents searched for help. Just a little mercy that would allow their 13 month old baby Joseph to die peacefully without suffering. They found it through a group from New York called Priests for Life and the child was flown to Cardinal Glenn Catholic hospital in St. Louis.
The hospital that had taken care of Joseph in Canada adamantly uphold their choice as legal and ethical. They claim they were in the right for going to court to remove baby Joseph’s breathing tube. Because to them, it is about the money being spent to sustain a life that has no value. To them, baby Joseph’s life has no value. I will say it once more. They think this tiny bundle has nothing to offer society and therefore his life is legally and ethically (to them) worth no more effort and no more money.
Can you imagine what these poor parents must be going through? Because they know that baby Joseph is a gift from God. They know that he is teaching them to love with their whole hearts, even though they are helpless to save him. Even though they know no amount of money can ever be enough to replace their child.
So, this leads me to ponder the value of just one life. Can just one life make a difference in this world of sin? Baby Joseph has already done just that by being alive for 13 short months. He has touched the hearts of his parents, a group of priests that stand for those that can’t do so for themselves and a hospital that knows a child’s life is precious. Baby Joseph has touched my heart and made my thank God for my five healthy babies. No telling how many more this dying baby will touch before God brings him home.
Then, I think of how this world is so ripe and rot has set in. Because when humanity puts a monetary value on human life…when they allow women to murder their babies and call it legal choice… when they allow courts to order a child’s suffering because it is too much money for non-productivity…when they allow governments to steal children from their parents so they can use them like guinea pigs and disguise it as greater good…well, we must be near the end.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (King James Version)
3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
These are not things hidden in the cover of dark. These are not things going on in third-world countries. These are acceptable to the general population of humanity. Right here in the United States. Just north in Canada. All over the Earth, people have turned from truth and morality for self gain.
It sickens me to my very core. I imagine the angels weeping. I imagine the Lord’s heart breaking.
One life is capable of changing the world. One baby is capable of washing the hearts of man. One man is capable of dying for each and every one of us. That is the true value of one life and I pray for any that have forgotten that.
Peace, love and God’s will.