Emotions? What drives your decisions? An answer to the roller coaster ride put on hold - A testimony to a family's faith in the midst of suicide ⏤ Vol 2, Ch 21
Friends of mine, from a time gone by - but still in touch, lost their daughter a few days ago. I just put all the tragedy together yesterday.
I've known this family for many years. I remember their daughter as a young girl. It hit me pretty hard yesterday. Here I am writing a blog about emotions, suicide, depression. How can I have anything to say to this family? Who am I to encourage?
I'm a 61 year old woman with married children, and grand children that are bursting at the seams. My mother is approaching 90 in a few months. She might not make it because she is ill. I've lost my dad when I was 22 to heart problems. My siblings are all alive.
I have lived an enchanted life. I have even had miracles happen to me that create in me a yearning to love the LORD and serve Him forever, because I deserve nothing! I have sinned. Only through the grace of God am I free from sin and guilt.
I have been blessed by the God who IS. What can I say to this couple that has lost their child to suicide? To the child she left behind?
I can say absolutely nothing. I can only stand on the sidelines and grieve with them.
But I know they know Jesus. I know they are holding onto hope. Hope in the choice their child made many years ago to accept Jesus. Hope that her life was not out of God's periphery. Hope that they will see her again. Hug her again. Be with her again.
I know they are standing firm in their faith. And what a testimony of God's grace and mercy.
Sometimes the evidence of God is found in the responses of those in the most pain.
I'm not here to go into theological debate. I am here to testify to my own and other's faith. I don't need to convince you to believe what I believe. It is out of my hands, out of theirs. But, I know what has given me strength to forge forward in the hard times. And I am witnessing the strength that is forging this family forward in their hard time.
2 Timothy 1:2
For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.
So, today I proceed with this blog thought. I couldn't bring myself to publish yesterday.
Today, I honor the families that are left behind to pick up the pieces. Today I honor those who hold firm to their faith in the midst of tragedy and loss.
You are being seen by the God most High. You are seen by El Roi. Abba hears you. Abba grieves with you. He too saw His Son suffer and die.
He is still for you, for them, for us.
We are not alone.
But I am not finished with those assurances from the word. I will continue those encouragements next week.
And I leave you with Caleb + Kelsey
May those of you struggling find God's grace sufficient.
He has been my strength and my shield.
I pray for you.
Let me hear a witness? Share below.
Comment if you feel led. We are all in this world together.
Because He is the I AM,
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