Are You Raw Meat or a Sacred Gift?

We should not abandon the public debate. But we should not rely upon the outcome, because the results of the debate are, on one level, immaterial. We are not called to change the world. We are called to life in a different world. We are not called to another kind of efficient causation. We are called to witness to God's presence.

So, in addition to that witness, ensure that your own medical decisions are clearly informed by the conviction that you and those you love were made in the image of God. Re-examine how deeply the language of modern medicine and politics may have distorted your approach to those issues. Discuss the options with family members, friends, and pastors who can think theologically and spiritually about those choices. Do what you can to make your wishes known in legal terms that correspond with your spiritual values.

Above all, learn to trust the provident care of God—which is not about fate, but God's adequacy in the moment—and the sacred gift entrusted to the Giver.

3/26/2012 4:00:00 AM
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  • Frederick Schmidt
    About Frederick Schmidt
    Frederick W. Schmidt is the author of The Dave Test: A Raw Look at Real Life in Hard Times (Abingdon Press: 2013) and several other books, including A Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination and the Church (Syracuse University Press, 1998), The Changing Face of God (Morehouse, 2000), When Suffering Persists (Morehouse, 2001), in Italian translation: Sofferenza, All ricerca di una riposta (Torino: Claudiana, 2004), What God Wants for Your Life (Harper, 2005), Conversations with Scripture: Revelation (Morehouse, 2005) and Conversations with Scripture: Luke (Morehouse, 2009). He holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, and directs the Job Institute for Spiritual formation. He is an Episcopal Priest, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, conference leader, writer, and Consulting Editor at Church Publishing in New York. He and his wife, Natalie live in Chicago, Illinois. He can also be reached at:
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