Our Sunday school lesson this week is going to be about the value of human life. How appropriate. Yesterday, I played somewhat of a role in suicide prevention.
A lady I know fairly well confided in me that she had no reason to live anymore and that if she had a gun, she would end it all. We talked for a long time and I told her that she was loved – not only by me, but by many others. I was worried about her, so I had some other people step in to talk to her as well. She seems a bit better today, but I hope she seeks professional help soon.
I’ve had two people commit suicide that I knew and I don’t ever want to go through that again. The first was my brother-in-law (sister’s husband) when I was about 18. It was hard on me, but it was much harder on my sister, of course. They had been married for about 5 years when it happened and she was only about 22.
Then, a lady I worked with took her own life after her husband was killed in a tragic tractor accident. I’ve blogged about that one before.
Depression for me is hard to understand. I’m one of those overly happy (annoying) people and I’ve only ever gone through a couple of sad spells in my life which were very short lived. I’m glad God has given me an ability to be happy, because I really think it helps others as well. I just hope I can help people see there’s so much to live for and that this life is temporary. There’s a great reward if we’ll just tough it out and live a life for God.
Do you know someone who is sad, grieving, or lonely? Take a minute to pray for them, then contact them. Let them know you care and see if they need anything. It’s much better than not having them around at all. This time of year is hard on people with the limited daylight and be restricted to being inside most of the time.