Our Pastor has been doing a series this month called “What if?” As in what if we could make a difference in the lives of many different categories such as the vulnerable (the unborn, elderly, special needs, etc…). Those that have never heard the Gospel, the poor both nationally and globally and yesterday the desperate. The desperate include those with mental illness, physically ill, the addicted and the relationally dysfunctional.
I sat straight up during church yesterday. I know what it is like to be desperate as a result of suffering from depression six years ago; before Thomas was admitted to residential school. It all seems so long ago yet I can recall all the events of that season of my life as if they happened yesterday. If it weren’t for the church and radio pastors I don’t know where I would be today. There are so many times my involvement with the church especially my time of serving on the choir saved my sanity. There are so many songs that ministered to me directly as if God intentionally were working through those dj’s in the radio or my choir director for me personally.
There is one such time that God placed me in the car to hear a radio preacher talk about suicide and how suicide was directly destroying a beautiful creation created by God. And why would we want to destroy such creation of beauty? There was no fire and brimstone on punishment or that one wouldn’t go to heaven if they committed suicide. It was simply respecting yourself as a creation of the Father and why would you want to destroy what God has created? Heavy stuff I tell you. For the life of me I can’t remember the name of the preacher on the radio.
I’m really enjoying Pastor John’s series, it’s enlightening and convicting. He’s a great speaker and totally gets his point across.