And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bore to David, and it became ill.
The Death of David's Son
16David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17So the elders of his house arose and went to him, to raise him up from the ground. But he would not, nor did he eat food with them. 18Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead. For they said, "Indeed, while the child was alive, we spoke to him, and he would not heed our voice. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He may do some harm!"
19When David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore David said to his servants, "Is the child dead?"
And they said, "He is dead."
20So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate. 21Then his servants said to him, "What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food."
22And he said, "While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, "Who can tell whether the LORD[a] will be gracious to me, that the child may live?' 23But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me."
2 Samuel 12:16-23
While Terri Schiavo lived, we fasted and prayed and sought for her defense. Now that she has died, we should do as David did and get ourselves up and worship the Lord.It was not His will to save her from this injustice. The Lord gives. The Lord takes away. Blessed be His name for giving and taking the life of Terri Schiavo. May He grant great comfort, and a fuller revelation of Himself to those who mourn for her. May He also grant that all of us learn from this experience and do what He calls each of us to do to prevent things like this from happening again. May He teach us to protect the voiceless, value human life, even when it is possessed by those who can do so little, and may He cause us to recoil from the dehumanization of the severely disabled. May He grant us the clear view of our own poverty that will allow us to view the poverty of others with charity and humility.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
I share this verse because there are many who may be tempted now to view the government, or specifically the judiciary with fear. But dear Christians, we must act and react not out of fear of earthly powers, but of the God who raises up kings and takes them down, the God who saves souls and condemns them. This is the same God who promises that all things, even the difficult things, will all ultimately work out for the eternal good of His people--the people who love Him, the people He loves.
When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:13,14
God has sent a pestilence of death upon us. We have killed our children. We have killed the voiceless and the helpless. Terri Schiavo is only one of many. So with fear and trembling, let His people worship Him now, confessing the sin of our land and asking for His mercy and His healing.