I feel such anguish. Brushing streams of tears aside as this is an issue personal and tender within my heart. Oh! How can we reach those who have no hope? Hope in God, even in the darkest of circumstances, overcomes the evil of the spiritual warfare.
Ephesians 6:10-13 (NASB)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Lord, Father God, ABBA, hear our pleas for your love to go forth and bring hope and life to those hurting such that they attempt or commit suicide. Surround the loved ones of those who have died by their own hands with your love, your grace, and your mercy. Help us to be your voice and arms of hope, encouragement and love. Lord, thank you that you came that we might have life and have it abundantly. Thank you for overcoming death and that you live. We know you are not surprised by this, because you know the number of our days. Thank you for creating us, because you wanted to pour out your perfect love on us, and for us to love you. Teach us, lead us and embolden us to share your love and hope with others.
Kate Spade is an internationally recognized designer and celebrity. But what of the you and me’s? As of this writing, from January 1, 2018-June 7, 2018, there have been 18,388 deaths by suicide in the US. *