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Suicide and the Holidays

December 18, 2013

This last week a friend took his own life. My former pastor and I performed the memorial service on a sunny, but chilly day. My friend had a deep faith and worshipped God like no other. Yet somehow, somewhere, there was a pain deep inside him no one could reach and mend. At the young age of 28, he is gone and his family is struggling with this event just two weeks before Christmas.

Why am I sharing such a somber post the week before Christmas: because there are many others battling this deep pain during the Christmas season. As we run around sharing our cheer and joy, we pass right by them assuming they are just as excited as we are. Here is a sobering fact, 1 in 17 people are thinking about taking their own life. We cannot forget that during this season.

If you are thinking of taking your life, please get help today. If you don’t know where to start, call 1-800-273-8255 to speak to someone at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are a veteran, you can call 1-800-273-8255 and then press 1 for the Veterans Crisis Line. Get someone to partner with you in the fight for your life. Tell a friend or a family member. Tell a coworker. Tell someone you are struggling with these thoughts.

If you are a friend or family member of someone who is at risk or considering suicide, take them seriously and get help. Call these hotlines for the person. If a suicide attempt is in progress call 911 and get emergency help there.

I mourn the loss of my friend, but to honor his love for others and for Christ I am sharing this with each of you. Look out for those in distress and share the compassion and love of Christ with them.

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2 Comments
  1. I am sad for your loss. Thank you for posting.

    • Thank you for sharing and your condolences. I believe if we continue to share this and expose it to the church it will no longer be a hidden issue. My prayer is that the church will become a safe place for people to go when they are suffering and need help.

      Again, thank you for posting here.

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