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The first Thursday in May is the National Day of Prayer in the USA. Here are three Sages on prayer:

http://www.prometheustrust.co.uk/Concerning_Prayer.pdf
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The Netherlands RTL news published an article on yesterday about a 29 year-old woman who was approved for euthanasia for psychiatric reasons. Her euthanasia death by lethal injection is scheduled for January 26. The article states (google translated):
Sarah has no terminal illness, but knows that she will die in twelve days. Surrounded by friends and in her own bed. She opts for euthanasia because of unbearable and hopeless psychic suffering. "I have been so devoured by my psychiatric disorders that I am completely broken."
Sarah (not her real name) lives in a small town in the east of the country. She struggles with severe psychological problems from an early age. She has borderline, does self-harm, hears voices, has psychoses and is depressed. She has not wanted to live for years. On New Year's Eve, she received permission for euthanasia after a long trajectory. That will happen on January 26, at two o'clock in the afternoon.
Sarah, whose real name is Aurelia, is a promoter of euthanasia for psychiatric reasons.

The article points to several factors that have led to her seeking death by euthanasia.

After her first suicide attempt Aurelia lived in a hospital for 2½ years. She was then incarcerated for 2½ years after setting fire to the apartment building that she lived-in. In prison she spent time in an isolation cell. She said that she got worse in prison.
Pray for this poor soul that her mind will be quickly blessed with stability and clarity! :meditate: :buddha1:
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:meditate: :namaste:

That's too bad. I wonder why medication couldn't help her? It sounds kind of dangerous, allowing euthanasia for mental illnesses. It sounds like something that could get out of hand, down a slippery slope to where those with mild mental illnesses might opt for euthanasia . . . .
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DNS wrote: Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:45 pm :meditate: :namaste:

That's too bad. I wonder why medication couldn't help her? It sounds kind of dangerous, allowing euthanasia for mental illnesses. It sounds like something that could get out of hand, down a slippery slope to where those with mild mental illnesses might opt for euthanasia . . . .
The Netherlands are already pretty far down that slope...
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God, make me brave for life: oh, braver than this.
Let me straighten after pain, as a tree straightens after the rain,
Shining and lovely again.

God, make me brave for life; much braver than this.
As the blown grass lifts, let me rise
From sorrow with quiet eyes,
Knowing Thy way is wise.

God, make me brave, life brings
Such blinding things.
Help me to keep my sight;
Help me to see aright
That out of dark comes light.
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As you know, someone's life can turn around fully, in full happiness, and they can become a new Creation in Christ. It's quite sad to see someone being killed because they don't see a way out of their suffering. Or, turning to the Noble Eightfold Path one can overcome their pain and become Enlightened through the Lotus Sutra. There is a great purpose in life, it should not be thrown away on the basis of some psychic distress. I dearly hope (and pray, in Jesus Name), that this woman found Peace and decided to go to Heaven after a healthy talk with her Maker, since it turns out this article is three years old I assume she has passed away. I would say, if I were in a position to, I would have even been her personal friend, and so would have many, to help her get through her sorrows. Life is precious.

Om Mani Padme Hum.
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