I promise you, I’m not plugging social media and certainly not the enemy. In big ways and small ways, this blog is about the hope we have in Jesus. We especially have a reason to hope for something better after the loss of a loved one. Jesus, alone, is our saving grace. But death is a stalking enemy and since I lost a son to suicide, I try to be aware of helpful sites around me. Facebook has several. I choose to highlight one here. (add Bible versions)
If you have never come across “Putting a Face on ?Suicide” on Facebook, I will lead you there with a quote: “Every 40 seconds somewhere around the world someone dies by suicide, that’s 99 people every 66 minutes. Every day, that’s almost 100 people in the United States alone, and over 2160 worldwide. Putting a Face on Suicide (PAFOS) is a suicide awareness project that creates posters and videos to pay tribute to those we have lost to suicide with dignity and respect. PAFOS humanizes the daunting statistics; lovingly replacing numbers with faces. (is this a quote? – give source)
Putting A Face on Suicide is an ongoing project soliciting pictures of your loved ones who died by suicide. Its objective is to collect 99 photos of people who have died by suicide for each day of the year; i.e., 36135 faces will represent 365 days of loss by suicide in the United States.” (part of above quote?)
PAFOS started because one parent lost a child to suicide. Perhaps you have also lost a child to suicide. If so, I am so sorry. Please surround yourself with those who understand and lean on the One who knows all about pain. Continue to stop by here, rest a while and learn about Jesus Christ, the One I believe is our only hope.
A prayer warrior friend once said to me, “The enemy works harder against us as we work harder for the Lord.” So we talk about him to expose him, never for his delight. He seeks praise. He wants the glory that belongs to Jesus Christ. He will keep at it until his time is up and he becomes toast. And I will keep sharing Jesus and His love until He returns.
This I know ~ Suicide of a loved one causes a complete meltdown of those left behind. We ask “why?” and grieve our horrific loss for the rest of our lives.
This I know ~ Suicide is a death of shame for survivors. There are many who understand, listen, have suffered likewise, but there are also just as many who do not understand, do not listen, have not suffered this kind of loss and think that grievers should get on with their lives.
This I know ~ Death is from the enemy of our souls. He’s particularly fond of suicide because it can cause a domino effect of evil, giving him more “bang for his buck” so to speak. Some young friends will also commit suicide because their friend did. Some mothers will be locked in guilt decades later. Others will tell you to your face that your loved one won’t go to heaven. Maybe it was your minister that said those shocking words and refused to conduct the service. Like I said, there is a domino effect.
This I know ~ satan is a liar and a murderer, (John 8:44). He lied to Eve. Remember? We are not 3 chapters into Genesis and already satan has put on a serpent disguise and has found Eve alone. Bingo. Time to slither in for the kill. He had wrapped his charming, beautiful, evil self in the tree and happily munching on a piece of fruit when Eve approached. He asks her a question and she repeats God‘s instructions, but the snake disagrees and casts doubt on God! (Run back to Adam! Eve, run!! But she didn’t) Eve stayed and listened to an expert pitch his lies. He told her not only would she not die, but she would become like God, knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:5) as he flexed his reptilian muscles. But she did die, didn’t she? And planet Earth got stuck with satan. [So] be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack, (1 Peter 5:8).
This I know ~ the enemy has spent thousands of years making the same pitch to earth’s mortals that we will never die. Many are taught that as soon as you die, you get your wings and fly to heaven or some variation of this theme. That’s a lie. Every Bible verse on the subject of death speaks to the contrary. If each verse is studied in context with other verses, it will explain itself. Here are some examples:
*Sin came into the world through one person, and death came through sin. So death spread to everyone, because everyone sinned. Romans 5:12
*The living know that they will die, but the dead don’t know anything. Ecclesiastes 9:5
*In death, no one remembers you. In the grave, who praises you? Psalm 6:5
*He will swallow up death forever. The Almighty Lord will wipe away tears from every face, and he will remove the disgrace of his people from the whole earth. The Lord has spoken. Isaiah 25:8
*What will separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can trouble, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, or violent death separate us from his love? Romans 8:35
This I know ~ Jesus often called death “a sleep” throughout the gospels as in this text: Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He referred to falling into a refreshing and natural sleep. John 11:13
This I know ~ God, who loves us passionately, wants us to tell everyone we meet that His Son Jesus, who also loves us passionately, will come to save those who love Him back. “God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38
This I know ~ There is a little song I learned from babyhood and perhaps you did too. It goes like this: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but He is strong”. How pure these words are and just as true today as they were then.