Scripture: ACTS 9:36-43; ASSISTED DYING
For several years, I have been puzzling about an issue in our common life, and this morning I want to reflect on it aloud with you. The topic is suggested by, but not dealt with overtly in, the passage we just heard from the book of Acts. In the story, Peter is summoned to the bedside of a woman named Tabitha, which means “Gazelle,” who has just died. After praying, Peter brings Tabitha back to life. And then, says the story, Peter “showed her to be alive” (9:41).
There are countless directions in which we could go with this story—directions suggested directly by the text—and we have done so before, and will do so again. This morning, though, I want to explore with you something suggested only indirectly by the text, an issue that