There are times where life seems so very dark. When possibilities disappear, and loneliness overwhelms. The dawn seems never to come again.
These illnesses take over and produce tragic results.
They suck away hope.
They breed violence and war.
They cause mistrust and over-reaction of law enforcement to unarmed teens.
They produce enmity between groups of people, either nations, neighborhoods, or classes of people.
They result in greed, thievery, and abuse of funds.
And good people die.
More than our circumstances, there is a way through. It may not be “the same as before.” In fact, it is likely that things are now radically different.
Please hear me… God knows. God hears. You are NOT alone.
I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your heart, you will find me.
Reach out for help.
If you are struggling with addiction or suicidal thoughts, please get help. Don’t let the death of Robin Williams, or thousands of unnamed individuals’ deaths be forgotten.
If you or a family member are survivors of violence or abuse, please get help. Don’t let the death of Michael Brown, and thousands of others be for nothing. What has happened to you is appalling. But you are worth the time and energy to get support and find healing.