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Rethink ending life

Mr. Treecraft, it was moving to read about your uncommon fight with cancer (July 18). Refusing medical care that might prolong your life is an awful and deeply personal decision. But, to end life, well, I can only mention that my brother made a similar choice years ago. The repercussions from that decision still play out in our family’s life.

You’ve given significant thought on how to end your life. Would you consider thinking about Jesus’ words on that subject?

You’re an atheist, you say, but death is so final. Shouldn’t you be utterly convinced that life really is only chance and without permanent meaning before you end it? You must be aware of the caricature of Jesus (the impotent, docile observer with just plain weird followers). That’s a bad cartoon.

I’m speaking of the historical Jesus – the One who said: “Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.”

What have you got to lose, Dan? He is worth your consideration.

Chris Base

Colville


 

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