When I was in pre-hospital emergency medicine, I wasn’t bothered much by the death that I saw (although youngins got to me). The toughest thing that I saw, from an intellectual perspective, was people letting go of a loved one who was moving on to eternity.
There comes a point when, despite numerous prayers for healing and the efforts of doctors, and modern medicine, it becomes clear that a loved one will not recover. The idea that he or she will not be around much longer is hard to swallow.
The reality is, though, that God has appointed a time for every man. In the case of Christians and little ones, I am so comforted by this passage:
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”—John 14:1-3
I believe that if and when I’m confronted with that decision—to let go—that I’ll be utterly destroyed inside with grief for some time. But at the same time, I will realize,
“Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
PS—The featured photo by Sarah Lefor Art and Illustration. She does amazing portraits, and the best present you can get anyone is a portrait of their dog. (I paid her to make one of my sister’s chug!)