“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all
numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7
Suicide and depression are prevalent in the United States. Studies show that suicide is estimated to be attempted at one per minute and not necessarily at Christmastime as one might think but primarily in the springtime. What tends to spark it are the feelings of despair and there is not one thing that sets into motion this descent into darkness. The loss of a loved one, economic decline, lack of self worth, strife, neglect, bullying, loneliness, rejection, jealousy, guilt, mental disorder etc. can all contribute to the will to take ones life.
A number of years ago while working in the corporate world I encountered a woman who suffered with depression. Daily I would come in and close the blinds because the sun impacted by ability to see my computer monitor. After several days of doing this she politely came to me and asked if I would consider leaving the blinds open. She shared with me that it was during that particular time of year her husband took his life via suicide and being in dimly lit and dark places reminded her of the despair she experienced then. We don’t know what others are going through but God does.
As we journey through this life God understands that we will have periods of darkness yet He gives us words of encouragement and assurance to get us through them. Life is a gift and we need to know how much God loves and wants the best for us. I pray these scriptures provide the support and reassurance you need if you are struggling today:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” 1 John 4:4
“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22
To all who suffer from the thoughts of despair find hope and inspiration from our Lord whose love is unwavering.