Inside: Many people are hopeless and searching for something to fill up their hurting hearts. We won’t find hope unless we find it in Jesus. Jesus is alive and the hope He offers is real. Any hopeless situation can be turned when we put our faith and trust in Him.
My mind has been on suicide. Not because I’m contemplating, but because in the last week two recognizable names have been in the media for committing suicide.
Maybe it’s hit close to home because our family experienced the aftermath of a loved one taking his life or perhaps it’s because I have been in the pit of despair and depression.
I know all too well the grasping for any kind of break from the dark. I remember the lies and the fleeting thoughts of finding somewhere better if I just ended my misery.
We might find ourselves mouth agape when we hear it in the national news but I can reassure you that every day this is a daily occurrence.
Statistics say that of 350 million adults in the world suffer from depression. In the USA, 123 suicides happen every day or about every 16.2 minutes.Many can’t understand how anyone could take their own lives, but if you’ve never been in the deepest pit it wouldn’t make sense. #hopeisJesus Click To Tweet
Our Experience with Suicide
Our loved one disappeared and when he was found, he agreed to treatment and therapy. But only a few months later disappeared again and ended up taking his own life. Our family member was an active Christian and had been serving his church the day of his death.
For those of us who have been in despair, stories like this cause a chill to run up our backs because we know how powerful lies and the belief in them can be.
The lies that tell us:
- you will never be free.
- This will never leave you and you will feel this way for the rest of your life.
- There’s no way out…unless you…
Panic and anxiety set in, and the endless lies on repeat make the lies seem more truth than falsehood.
The focus is to ease the torment in our minds, the pain and shame in our heart, and we believe the best for us and for everyone else is to give up.
Death seems attractive when all we know of this life is the daily battling of our inner demons.
And yet, the family is left to pick up the pieces and they are ridden with guilt for not doing enough. It doesn’t end with death, it only begins for the survivors.
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If you feel you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is a free, 24-hour hotline, at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).