As believers, we are constantly in a war. Not with flesh and blood entities, but in the spiritual realm. God provides us with the armor we need to fight these spiritual battles. He gives us the belt of truth, body armor of righteousness, shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and … Read more“We Need the Armor of God”
Grief is layered. Love is vulnerable. Forgiveness is a mysterious healer. Being willing to love well will require us to risk experiencing great loss. For many Mother’s Day brings both joy and sadness and they are reminded that there is much to be thankful for and much to grieve. Living healthy requires the ability to do both… sometimes on the same day…
The problem is – “should” is quick and dirty. I can analyze what is and what “should” be and spit it out in a simple sentence. Reaching for the truthful standard while offering understanding for who I am, forgiveness for who I am not and encouragement to reach toward goodness requires more. Typically, it takes five thoughtful sentences to do the job. This may seem like semantics, but how these desires are framed in our belief system is the difference between a life of joy and peace… or one of anxiety, futility and despair.
Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain. Our goal then for suicide prevention is to reduce pain and increase the resources available for handling pain. This may sound like simple formula yet it has multi-faceted features. That means we all can contribute to suicide prevention.