Today is Suicide Prevention Awareness Day. It first became very real to me how important it is to watch for signs and to show compassion and love to people in September 2011 when a 19 year old girl I knew completed suicide. Being at her funeral was one of the saddest days in my life.
Only five days ago it became even more real to me when a young woman who was 28 years old completed suicide. I will go to her funeral tomorrow. She had a difficult life having been abused by her father growing up. I tried to help her for a few years but lost track of her when she got married to a man who ended up also abusing her.
Darkness whispers to those who are struggling that there is no hope seeking to lure them into a fatal decision. Despair, loss of hope, and feeling there is no way out harass the person.
In contrast Jesus said in John 10:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Darkness seeks to destroy. Jesus gives life, hope, peace inside and love. Jesus heals wounded souls.
It is so important that we show the love and compassion of Jesus to those around us. We do not know what inner turmoil people are going through, but Jesus does.
If you are reading this and have thought of suicide, please know that God loves you and cares deeply about you. There is hope. Also please call for help.
In the USA you can call-800-273-8255
In Canada you can call-833 456-4566
In other countries please Google for the number.
I would like to share two videos with you. One is by a young woman who was suicidal but got help. The other is a song that will help you to feel God’s love.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.