Spiritual Comfort

After Eric, our youngest son, died by suicide on May 17, 1999, Nancy, our oldest son, Keith, and I found comfort in the following words from a book that is no longer in print.  In The Healing of Sorrow, Norman Vincent Peale stated, “A few years ago, when a young man died by his own hand, a service for him was conducted by his pastor, the Reverend Weston Stevens.  What he said that day expresses, far more eloquently than I can, the message that I’m trying to convey.  Here are some of his words:

‘Our friend died on his own battlefield.  He was killed in action fighting a civil war.  He fought against adversaries that were as real to him as his casket is real to us.  They were powerful adversaries.  They took toll of his energies and endurance.  They exhausted the last vestiges of his courage and his strength.  At last these adversaries overwhelmed him.  And it appeared that he lost the war.  But did he?  I see a host of victories that he has won!

For one thing-he has won our admiration-because even if he lost the war, we give him credit for his bravery on the battlefield.  And we give him credit for the courage and pride and hope that he used as his weapons as long as he could.  We shall remember not his death, but his daily victories gained through his kindnesses and thoughtfulness, through his love for family and friends, for animals and books and music, for all things beautiful, lovely and honorable.  We shall remember not his last day of defeat, but we shall remember the many days that he was victorious over overwhelming odds.  We shall remember not the years we thought he had left, but the intensity with which he lived the years that he had.

Only God knows what this child of His suffered in the silent skirmishes that took place in his soul.  But our consolation is that God does know, and understands’” (p.35).

 

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Our Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,
We humbly come to you today with broken hearts. Those of us who have lost our precious loved ones to suicide are grieving and struggling to regain our senses. We know this life is not without pain, but You have provided us with insight concerning our future. Help us use this tragic event to show a deeper understanding and love to others who are grieving. You promised us that your ‘grace is sufficient.’ In the turmoil of this pain and loss, please surround us with this grace and give us inner peace. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen