COLUMN: I need help, but who do I ask?

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This week is the holiest of holy in Christian history. It is Jesus’ last week on earth. Also, one of the most revealing of the life, and reason of why he came to earth. He came to save us, not to condemn, as is written in John 3: 16-17.

His life, ministry, death, and resurrection gave us a path to receive help and healing. He’s death conquered sin on earth. This is a glorious time for Christians.

However, I was saddened this week to read of another life lost to suicide. I did not know the young man, or the reason behind his decision to take his life, but I felt the tug of a mother’s heart filled with pain for the family, and the fear of a minister that our young people feel that they are alone.

Where is faith? Why are increasing numbers of our young people feeling that no one cares, and the only way to stop their pain, is to end it.

Is the shame of having to ask for help so great that our young people cannot bring themselves to ask? I read an inspirational prayer last week that was titled “When I realize I can’t do everything by myself” which spoke about the accessibility of God and his wisdom, love, caring and grace to help those in need and to offer help to others when the need is clear.

There is no shame or weakness in the act of asking for help. The prayer said that we cannot always do things on our own, and it is so true.

If you are having difficulty, please reach out to a family member, friend, counselor, or minister. We may not always have the right answers, but we can help you find the ones who do have them — so can God.

“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.” (Psalm 28:7).

Have a blessed Easter Holiday and remember, you are never alone.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.

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