Magazine article American Journalism Review

The God Squad Can Help. (Worried about Life?)

Magazine article American Journalism Review

The God Squad Can Help. (Worried about Life?)

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Q: I have rheumatoid arthritis and have been in pain for years. My husband retired in part to care for me. He's a wonderful man and would do anything for me; but all I want to do now is die. I can't take the pain anymore; even medication can't get rid of it all. I don't want to hurt my husband and I can't tell him, but I want to end it all. Can you understand why? - A.L., Scottsdale, Ariz.

A: There's a reason God made winter one of the seasons. We are not here just to flower and bask in the warmth of gentle days. We're also here to be frozen and cold and weathered by the blasts of loss and pain. We're so sorry your winter has been so long and cold, but we pray that you'll think a little about spring before you do something rash and irrevocable.

Your love for your husband and his for you has obviously prevented you from taking your life so far. …

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