Tears for Terri Schiavo
By Scott Presson
CBN Staff Writer
- Every legal remedy has now been offered for Terri Schiavo.
Nearly every appeal has been exhausted. Every argument has been
weighed and discarded. Every maneuver of man has been tried. People
have protested – loudly. People have prayed passionately.
Many tears have been shed for this woman.
Has the American legal system prevailed AGAINST the will of
the people instead of for the will of the people? Instead of protecting
the innocent, has our system of government condemned the innocent
This is what the Bible says about the death of innocent people:
There are six things the LORD hates – no, seven things
he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the
innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong,
a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord
among brothers (Proverbs 6:16-19).
God hates those that kill the innocent. Please pray that the
people who had it within their power to do the right thing in
this situation and did not will repent.
Jesus healed many people who could not take care of themselves.
He also said He came to do the will of the Father. So evidently
the will of God is that people who are laid up and unable to take
care of themselves are worthy of being healed.
Look at this:
One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers
of religious law were sitting nearby. And the Lord's healing power
was strongly with Jesus. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man
on a sleeping mat. They tried to push through the crowd to Jesus,
but they couldn't reach him. So they went up to the roof, took
off some tiles, and lowered the sick man down into the crowd,
still on his mat, right in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith,
Jesus said to the man, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
"Who does this man think he is?" the Pharisees and teachers
of religious law said to each other. "This is blasphemy!
Who but God can forgive sins?" Jesus knew what they were
thinking, so he asked them, "Why do you think this is blasphemy?
Is it easier to say, 'Your sins are forgiven' or 'Get up and walk'?
I will prove that I, the Son of Man, have the authority on earth
to forgive sins." Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man
and said, "Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because
you are healed!" And immediately, as everyone watched, the
man jumped to his feet, picked up his mat, and went home praising
God (Luke 5:17-25).
This man had friends that cared enough for him and his future
that they went to the trouble to make sure he got in front of
the Lord! It’s amazing that in that day and time, without
any form of modern medicine or hope of recovery, people still
saw worth in the life of a man even though he was probably not
a productive member of society. Maybe they also had to feed him.
Is God doing anything for Terri Schiavo? He certainly is. The
Throne Room of Heaven is fully aware of what is going on. God
has not abandoned Terri Schiavo.
Here are three tremendous things going on in Heaven as you are
1. Every tear shed for Terri Schiavo has been collected
and saved by Almighty God. That’s right. God is
keeping track of ALL the tears shed for Terri Schiavo. I saw Terri’s
mother crying on TV. God did, too. God actually makes decisions
about our lives based on those tears:
"Remember, O LORD, how I have always tried to be faithful
to you and do what is pleasing in your sight." Then he
broke down and wept bitterly. Then this message came to Isaiah
from the LORD: "Go back to Hezekiah and tell him, 'This
is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have
heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will add fifteen years
to your life …(Isaiah 38:3-5).
The tears of Hezekiah moved God. He actually prolonged his life
on earth. God wants us to see that NOTHING goes unnoticed by Him.
When it comes to us, God sees the intent of our hearts and He
moves sovereignly in any way He desires. God keeps track of all
our sorrows and has all our tears as a deposit for the future:
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my
tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
On the very day I call to you for help, my enemies will retreat.
This I know: God is on my side. O God, I praise your word. Yes,
LORD, I praise your word. I trust in God, so why should I be
afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? I will fulfill my vows
to you, O God, and offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.
For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from
slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your
life-giving light (Psalm 56:8-13).
2. Terri Schiavo has an attorney pleading her case in
the Throne Room of God. Moreover, God’s will always
wins. Look at this:
For Christ has entered into heaven itself to appear now before
God as our Advocate … (Hebrews 9:24).
Jesus Christ is the ultimate attorney. That should be enough
to make any earthly attorney shake in his boots. He’s been
to the jails in the depths of Hell. He’s set prisoners free
and broken the chains of injustice and unrighteousness. He’s
proved His case to the World. Terri Schiavo cannot lose. It’s
3. Terri Schiavo has Jesus interceding for her right
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore
is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also
makes intercession for us. (Romans 8:34).
Jesus is our prayer partner – all the time. He never gets
tired, and the Word says He is always about His Father’s
business. That’s another win-win situation for Terri and
God rules. He has collected the tears of sorrow and tears of
joy and saved them for His will and purpose. There is no wisdom
or scheme of man that is above God. There is no plan that prevails
above God’s plan. John 16:33 says take courage, Jesus has
conquered this world. Jesus still loves us despite trouble and
calamity. Nothing has separated Terri Schiavo or you and me from
the Love of Jesus Christ. NOTHING.
Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God?
No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself.
Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the
one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting
at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us. Can
anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he
no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted,
or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death?
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours
through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing
can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't.
The angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today,
our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't
keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in
the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able
to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ
Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:33-39).
Please continue to pray for Terri Schiavo and her family today.
However, rest in this fact: God is CONTINUALLY doing His work
and His will in this situation, in your life, and in the world.
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