You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

Pentecost 102


One of the leading causes, at its core, of suicide, is the feeling that we are alone, that no one understands, that no one truly cares or would care if they really knew us.  One of the most aggravating things about me, according to family and friends, is my seeing a silver lining in every dark cloud.  Yet, there was a time when I contemplated suicide.


There are a million stories the world’s citizens could share about suicide and thoughts of it.  Perhaps you are one.  The fact is that we are not alone and someone does care.  Your life has meaning and value, even if right now you do not feel that.


You are not alone and if you need a friend, help is there.  Someone cares.  The world Cares.  You are not alone but more importantly, you have value and a future.  We all do.  We need to find a way to show that we care, to connect to each other, and to communicate that caring and connection.


The Temptations sang about life’s stress way back when.  “Ball Of Confusion that’s what the world is today (yeah, yeah).  The sale of pills is at an all time high; young folks walkin’ ’round with their heads in the sky; Cities aflame in the summer time, and oh the beat goes on.  Eve of destruction, tax deduction, City inspectors, bill collectors, Evolution, revolution, gun control, the sound of soul, Shootin’ rockets to the moon, kids growin’ up too soon.  Politicians say more taxes will solve ev’rything, and the band played on.  Round and round and around we go, where the world’s headed nobody knows.  Great googa mooga, can’t you hear me talkin’ to you, just a Ball of Confusion that’s what the world is today. (yeah, yeah).”


Life is tough.  It is hard.  It takes courage to live.  I think that has always been true but it certainly is true today.  Today, as I have been talking about for the past three days, is World Suicide Prevention Day.  Please watch the video from this link and realize that you matter.




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