This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. Sadly, I woke up this morning to a message from friend who is a military chaplain overseas. She shared that yesterday (which was World Suicide Prevention Day), she conducted a memorial service for a fellow serviceman and friend who died by suicide. It breaks my heart each time I hear of another person who was so overcome with pain that they thought suicide was the only way out.
People all over America are encouraged to light a single candle and place it near a window in memory of someone who died by suicide. Consider doing this, but I encourage you to take it a step further. Pray that God will help anyone who is currently considering suicide to find hope and peace. Pray that God will save lives as you light your candle. Pray for the families and friends who have been left behind.
I also wanted to share with you a hotline for people who are contemplating suicide. Write this number down and carry it with you.