“Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you” – Isaiah 41:10
This morning I was reading about two more famous people who ended their lives along with the many military veterans we lose every day due to suicide. How are pastors and people in the church to deal with suicide? If we toss out enough Scripture at people, surly that will save them. No? Then what must we do to save the people who want to end their lives?
My granddaughter came to me with two blisters on her hand a bit ago that was really hurting her. Her spirit hurt and all she could think about was the pain in her hand. There was nothing wrong with her other hand, nor her feet, nor her eyes nor ears. Her hand pained her, and that one pain affected her whole being. One small pain agonized the entire body.
If the body of believers were to truly be the foot and hand and the many parts of the body, then we may better be able to feel the pain of some. But even then, we would not know all the pain…could we? Sometimes it means we simply sit with them, not to advise, but merely “be with.” Empathy is more than sympathy. ‘Being with,’ praying and understanding the deep and dark hurt of others is a good start.
People who have lost hope are not seeking our judgement; they are desperate. Are we the lifeline they seek? Is there trust to help them find such organizations as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline? Fear, pain and mental illness can destroy the strongest among us.
We were meant to thrive here and now. Eternity is happening all around us. God is present here in the midst of our messes, ready to mix it up with us in our messed-up-ness and brokenness and to let us know that God’s love demands our immediate attention. ~ Pastor Leon Bloder
I wonder…can it be so simple as to be Christian by the example of our love? Is it possible to love those who feel they are unlovable? “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:35
Ok, it was not my intention to throw Scripture out there to fix a national problem as huge as suicide has become; however, God’s divinely inspired Word does help us to find hope and love and connection. Even when we may feel we are unlovable, God is still seeking us out and, believe it or not, God does have a plan for our lives.
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then, when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Every person has worth and worthy of love. May you feel the presence and love of the Holy One of God.