Our local community has been stricken by the horrible effects of suicide. Last week a local school experienced two suicides unfortunately in the same family. This brings up many difficult memories of my high school years where a young man on the football team committed suicide. It stops everyone in their tracks whether they knew the individual or not. These situations also bring up many questions, mostly centered on "Why?"
In our broken world, people are led to many answers to things without realizing the consequences. As we all have much on our plate, the stress, concerns, and pains can become unbearable. Yet, there is always hope. Hope in the Lord who promises that his "yoke is easy and his burden is light." The Lord who has promised to be "the resurrection and the life." The Lord who has atoned for the "whole world." A God who has died to these two individuals who committed suicide and is also with those who mourn.
With the many issues all of us are put through, there are many options of help (God, pastors, friends, prayer, counselors) and the option that is never good at any age is suicide. As the Scriptures tell us, "O death where is sting, O where is the victory?" Death also brings despair, especially in these cases. May the Lord have mercy on all of us to see the help we all have in Christ.
Keep Mandy's family and friends in your prayers.