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Pray for the Children

A few days ago I was watching the midday news and heard about a 10-year little girl who is dying from Cystic Fibrosis who needed a lung transplant but no longer had to wait. A U.S. District Judge ruled she be added to the adult waiting list after her family had been fighting a rule that prevented children from receiving adult lungs. She remains on the priority list for a lung from a pediatric donor.

When I heard this, I was ecstatic, almost in tears. Children affect my heart in a way that is indescribable. They are defenseless and need love, support, and encouragement no matter what their diagnosis or non-diagnosis may be. They are a gift from God.

The 10-year old little girl named Sarah Murnaghan dying of Cystic Fibrosis had been on the list waiting for the past 18 months. The parents filed a lawsuit because they felt their daughter was being discriminated against by against the system that prevents children younger than 12 from receiving adult organs until after they’re offered to all adults and teens on the transplant list, even if the kids are sicker. Additionally, the children are placed at the back of the adult list and will have to wait.

Similarly, Javier Acosta age 11, also has Cystic Fibrosis and is in the same hospital as Sarah. His parents also filed a lawsuit requesting a federal judge add him to the adult list because he too is facing death soon without a donated organ. “Javier’s brother Jovan who was the same age died while waiting for a lung transplant two years ago. The family is now waiting for a hearing on a preliminary injunction that has been scheduled by the judge on June 14.” http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57588078/dying-girl-added-to-adult-lung-transplant-waiting-list-boy-also-sues-to-be-added/

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network or OPTN policy rules notess children under 12 cannot be on the adult waiting list unless the doctor says they can be. Additionally, they have to go the back of the adult line which in the case of Sarah and other children who are in the same position can be a death sentence since they don’t have much time to live (see ca.msn.com link below).

The issue is now focused on discontinuation or policy changes for children under 12. Under the organ allocation regulation, pediatric transplant policies require pediatric wait lists for children under age 12. Pressure is being put on the allocation system to revisit and make changes to outdated policies. Yet, the changes will not occur in time enough to help the children who are going to die. They’re asking an exception be made for these types of cases.

There are two children right now fighting for their life and many others who are waiting for transplants of various kinds. But what disturbs me is that there are people who are insensitive and lack compassion because fairness and priorities have now become another issue.

News reports have identified statements of people saying these families are trying to jump the line. Others feel they are trying to skip ahead of those who are in just as much need for the transplants as they are. However the parents, who my heart goes out to, say they are not trying to jump ahead of anyone. They just want their child to have a fighting chance.

I say is that too much to ask? I don’t ever think it’s fair to count out hope especially when it involves children. To cause commotion and fight over something that can simply be overlooked when it’s a matter of  saving a life is definitely beyond comprehension. The precious life of a child can be worth more than  the selfishness and insensitivity of others who are being partial and unfair.

The good news, organ transplant experts will meet Monday to decide whether and how to change the rules for children after the filing of two successful lawsuits by Javier’s parents and Sarah’s parents to temporary lift restrictions who feel the Organ Procurement and Transportation Network or OPTN is unfair.

“Last Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Baylson issued a temporary restraining order directing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to suspend existing organ allocation rules while OPTN considers a change.” http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/transplant-experts-to-debate-new-rules-for-kids

I believe children who suffer from any type of illness or any situation that jeopardizes their physical well-being need our prayers. I ask that we pray for the families and the children as well as those who have adopted the idea that it’s wrong to want what’s best for your child based on the fact that, as a parent we will do whatever it takes in the right manner to make sure the child’s needs are met and with God’s help they have a chance at life.

Pray for the parents too because life in itself is a hard battle to fight but to have to fight for quality of life in the life of a child can be a heavy burden to bear. We know God does not give us more than we can bear but will give us the strength to stand under and get through it.

Prayer changes things. A life saved is a life that can be lived abundantly.

Pray for the children.

Be blessed! -JD

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Is Gun Control and Mental Illness Still Not An Issue?

rose I am not one to look at the news because it can be so disturbing. Yet at times I can’t help but stumble across it because it’s everywhere.

As I’m sitting in my room preparing my mind for my morning mediation and thinking about my future, I hear two stories about gun violence where an innocent man was killed and an innocent 6-year old child was taken hostage in Dale, Alabama. Then another story interrupts regular programming to report a shooting that occurred minutes ago where a gunman went into a building of various offices and commenced to shooting innocent people in Glendale, Arizona.

And to make matters worse, a 15 year old girl who performed at the President’s inauguration was a victim of homicide. Where again, a man opened fire in a park, allegedly for no apparent reason. With all that’s going on, it undoubtedly increases concern on the issue of gun control laws. And as it seems, there are too many flaws.

What is going on in this world today? Why are people killing people for no reason? What is it that this has become the most common occurrence of this season? Too many innocent children are dying. Too many innocent lives are being taken. When will the violence stop? When will we be safe? When will this be the case? Senseless murders cease and we are able to find peace.

I’ve tried my best to refrain from speaking out on gun control and mental health. But I strongly believe something needs to happen before unnecessary killings continue to happen.

Something has to be done. Or we will continue to see things like this occur. Gun control is necessary to get this matter under control. Tougher gun laws are unavoidable.

Please don’t take this in the wrong way. But this is something the world needs to also be concerned with today. Mental health is also a major issue society is in denial of. The fight needs to continue that they may get the help they deserve.

Granted, unanswered homicides occur every day. But to continue to see senseless crimes as is the case with children and unprotected victims like the children of Sandy Hook. Leads me to believe it’s more than what we are seeing.

My mental health background reminds me of the copy cat effect. Where we would often see mental health consumers commit crimes labeled “copy cat acts.” That was triggered by headline news of similar acts.

Do you notice, ever since the Sandy Hook tragedy, acts keep occurring similar to this? As well as include a suspect with a history of violence, instability, or mental illness. Do you think this is something we should continue to ignore? Or should we take the time to seriously explore? Why this is happening and what it will take? In order to change gun laws or mental health mandates.

Again, please don’t get me wrong. It doesn’t mean there’s a mental, unstable person behind every instance of gun violence. However, with many occurrences, some suspects have a history of mental illness and their thoughts cannot be silenced. There is a pattern that exists. In the number of senseless acts we’re seeing since the Sandy Hook tragic event.

Too many people are dying at the hands of alleged unstable people. Guns don’t control people. Nor do they kill people. People control guns and kill other people.

I’ve lived my entire life with the belief that God protects me. I’ve never found the need to obtain a gun of any kind to protect me. God is my shield. He’s my protector from the storm and rain. He has kept me all these years from the hands of man.

I’m not one to judge or comment on things such as this. But when will the violence end? Is gun control and mental illness still not an issue? As innocent victims are being killed or wounded and lives are being taken.

This is my plea. There’s too much going on in this world we continue to see. We need you Lord, oh ever so desperately. There are people taking the lives of innocent people because of their misery or instability.

God send your angels to keep us safe. Jesus, be a fence around this entire place. Protect the innocent from those walking into places shooting others for no reason. Regardless of the fact things happen in and out of season. Please give us Godly wisdom to understand the underlying issues so that resolve may be found. To lessen the impact of what we’re seeing now.

If you don’t know God now’s a good time to seek Him. Nothing in this life happens on a whim. We’re living in the last days where nothing’s beneath man. Accept Jesus. Believe. Confess and believe in the Son of God. Not the son of man.

Jesus is the answer for the world today. We are not promised tomorrow or today. We are here on borrowed time. For every problem in your life, seek God each and every time. There is no one else above him. He is Lord our God. Find him. Seek the Lord. Be blessed! -JD

Psalm 105:4 “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

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