You would be hard pressed not to recognize the name “Rick Warren”. Pastor of the mega Saddleback Community Church, and author of the best selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, he has been an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people, but probably never more so than a few weeks ago.
You see, after 17 Sundays of not preaching, he returned to the pulpit hand in hand with his wife. Just a few days after Easter Sunday, he discovered the lifeless body of his 27-year-old son. His son had taken his own life. After years of love, prayer, treatments, therapies, and medication – his mental illness claimed him.
As Rick and Kay Warren stepped into the pulpit they were greeted by a standing ovation as thousands flocked to encourage the family. And yet, I believe those that gathered to minister were actually ministered to as the Rev. Warren pointed them to Isaiah 43:2 which reads, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.”
I can think of no greater pain than felt by the Warren family. Your family may have experienced that same pain . . . one that numbs the soul and brings wave after wave of depression. There are no simple solutions, no easy answers. Just at the moment it all seems so overwhelming and that you are just about to drown, if you hold onto hope, the Lord will meet you, and provide for you.
Rick Warren has pledged a series of sermons to help; you will be able to find them online. And a friend, Frank Page, has written a book called Melissa: Lessons from a Daughter’s Suicide, which I believe to be very helpful. No matter what, if you hold on to Jesus as He holds on to you, the raging waters will not sweep over you.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®)
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