Hope. Do you have it? I trust that you do. Without hope, you might feel all is lost. When you feel that way, you might be tempted to take your own life. Don’t do it!
About 2 1/2 months ago, the Grand Junction (Colo.) Daily Sentinel ran a week-long series about suicide in the Grand Valley. It was a very eye-opening series. However, it drove home to me that the majority of folks that complete or consider suicide are those that have lost hope. They see no way out other than a permanent way out. Some of these articles describe the pain and regret of those relatives whom the one who completed suicide has left behind. It’s gut-wrenching. Some of the articles tell of those who are now trying to help those who are considering taking their own lives. I commend them. At the public forum on suicide in Grand Junction near the end of September, I was able to speak briefly with Lorna Ward. She was emphatic that it was the lack of hope that pushed toward attempting suicide. Now, she’s glad she’s still with us because she has found hope and a purpose. Some of the articles that were in The Sentinel speak to the stigma of suicide and even the stigma of talking about it. We really need to bring this subject more in the open. It can’t keep being shoved under the carpet.
KREX-TV also had some stories on suicide this year. I have posted links to stories from both KREX and The Daily Sentinel below.
If you are considering suicide, you need to know two things: God loves you and there are people that love you. With you gone, your friends and family would feel an emptiness that could never be re-filled. It’s really most important that you know that God loves you. God wants the best for you. God knows exactly what you need. And God expressed His love for you by sending His Son Jesus for you. Jesus died on a cross for you around 2000 years ago so you could have hope. Hope to know you’re loved. Hope to know that you have value in the eyes of God. Hope to know that there is always security with God. Don’t give up on hope because God hasn’t given up on you. God will always give you hope–and you need that hope to continue on.