Reflections on how parents allow their child to make a life-and-death decision

It is heart-wrenching to be facing the prospects of death at such an early age if a child were to experience a life-threatening illness with no apparent cure.

That girl in the above video is exceptionally wise to choose a place of love to spend the rest of her life rather than the cold technology of the hospital.

It is also heartening that in spite of her struggles, she was the one who comforted those around her, assuring them that God will take care of her, should the treatment fail the next time.

I can imagine that it is understandably disturbing and difficult at first to face the reality of death, as much as it is necessary to meditate on the inevitability of death, in order to gain profound wisdom and an unshakeable peace that passes all understanding.

It reminds me of the psalmist who prayed to God to “teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.”

I learnt that another psalmist also wrote:

“LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.”

Indeed, our life is fleeting like the clouds, and the only thing that endures forever is the love of God.

Therefore, it is totally understandable and only right that the girl’s loved ones simply want her to spend the rest of her days feeling loved.

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