Are not words I hear here …
I love Jesus but I want to die:
what you need to know about suicide”
Sarah of “beautifulbeyond” writes words every church should hear – that every church should read. The full post is here please read it – please hear her words.
and here is why …
“I remember my colleagues’ faces as my words sunk in. They had never heard what it’s like to be suicidal and they started to understand, at least a little. And I’m reminded how little the church knows about depression and suicide.
We are called to be the light of the world, a refuge for the broken and weary. But if we don’t understand the darkness people endure, it’s much less likely we’ll reach them in it. So here are some things every Christian should know about suicide and depression … “
“In 2013, a Lifeway Research study found that nearly 50% of evangelicals believe that prayer and Bible study alone can conquer serious mental illness. Unfortunately, this mistaken belief prevents people from seeking the help they need.
I know this firsthand. No matter how many times I recited verses, asked for healing, and did all the other things I was supposed to do, I still had an illness. I wasn’t miraculously healed.”
“The disease lies. When healing doesn’t come, it’s easy to believe that God has left. And if we’ve been taught that depression and suicidal thoughts are sinful, selfish, or displeasing to God, we may believe he’s right in abandoning us.”
“This is why we need to treat depression and suicide with the same compassion we treat other serious health issues. Kindness and encouragement from other believers are rich and powerful; they prove the presence of God and demonstrate his unshakeable love.”
Sarah writes of hope and healing. Sarah writes with knowing. She bares herself with great courage – the courage of love … so that you and I might connect with those who can’t … love better those who desire love and hope … and embrace those the Lord deems us ready to embrace.
Because Sarah’s reality is this …
We pretend. We avoid those who make us confront our own pretending.
We need Sarah’s words because we have been taught to pretend.
That we cannot let Him (or ourselves) down. That in our church no one is “that” depressed … In our church no one would ever be that bad because we would know.
We pretend. We pretend we would know. And in the pretending we pass by on the other side never realising we have.
“So often, all it takes to save a life is being Jesus to us – being present, being loving, and being light. Christ is “in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). You don’t need answers or to be able to fix it. You just need to be present, perhaps help set the doctor’s appointment or just listen. Just be aware of those hurting. Just be kind.
Depressed and suicidal people just need you to enter the dark and sit there with us, your love unchanged. You could be his arms to hold us, his hands to feed us, his voice to tell us we’re not alone. Your love and kindness are more powerful than you know.”
Sarah shared this post in an email and closed her email with a PS …
“P.S. This may be the most important thing I’ve ever written – it’s certainly the most honest. It would mean the world to me if you would take a few moments to read and share this article.”
The Lord deemed me ready to embrace Sarah’s words.
I know you are as well. So why not let Sarah know?
2 thoughts on “I love Jesus but I want to die”
Wow, I love this post. I’m sharing it with my wife. Thank you!
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Matt, I have just copied/pasted your words under Sarah’s post so she knows as well. Thank you.