Compassionate Love: Displaying Compassion for Those Who Struggle with Mental Illness or Abuse (c)2019 Nancy Virden, Always The Fight Ministries
If you are suicidal, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. (international emergency numbers, go here )
When it seems too late, it is not.
That statement may sound unbelievable to a person on the edge of living or dying by suicide. However, it is not just another load of baloney. I’ve been there, and I know it is never too late.
Despite night and day streaming in and out and sometimes blurring into each other, relief exists. Though discouragement is seen, what is unseen is wonderful and promised. When ending it all seems the only choice, the answer is on its way.
A reason to stay alive is to wait… wait for the beauty.
Just like trying to make out small print without reading glasses, I cannot see the hope that is around the corner when lost in the depths of despair. It is there. It is not just the preacher’s hope or the therapist’s hope. It is mine to have and to keep.
I landed in a new city at just the right time to meet those professionals who knew how to reach me. After one suicide attempt, I tried again. A sense of hopelessness stayed around for a long while. Yet I chose to believe for hope, and that was enough to keep me here.
When Jesus came to earth the first time, he came “at just the right time.” *
He promised to return and will do so at “just the right time.” **
He meets me where I am at just the right moments. When I stumble or grow anxious, or depression knocks on my door, he stays with me. When I cannot see forward, he shows me a way where there seems to be none.
Believe me when I say I know what it means to be on the edge of living or dying by suicide. I know that waiting for the beauty of living can take a long time and a lot of hard work.
I also know that rushing my trip out of here was not the answer. Mental illness is not too much for Jesus to handle. The right time to believe in the hope he offers is now.
Today’s Helpful Word
1 Peter 1: 3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.
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NOTE: I am not a doctor or a mental health professional. I speak only from personal experiences with and observations of mental and behavioral health challenges. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. (for international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours.
*Romans 5:6 **1 Timothy 6:15