April 17, 2022
This week, in honor of Easter Sunday, instead of writing my usual blog, I would like to share a word from Rick Warren, senior pastor and founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and best-selling author of “The Purpose Driven Life”. Pastor Rick preached a powerful sermon on Easter of 2014, it was just a few days short of a year since the death of his twenty-seven-year-old son, Matthew, by suicide (a link to the full sermon is below).
Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, have become champions of mental health and work tirelessly in the field helping get the word out that metal health problems are real, common, and treatable: There is help, there is hope, there is healing.
A common myth about suicide is that talking about it might increase the chances that someone will attempt it. This is not true, in fact, the opposite is true: Talking helps. If you or someone you know needs help, the National Suicide and Crisis Prevention Lifeline is an excellent place to turn. The website is: https://988lifeline.org, and the phone number 988. You can live-chat from the website: https://988lifeline.org/chat. You don’t need to be in crisis to call, anyone can benefit from this resource. All are welcome to call any time to learn more about suicide prevention for themselves or to support a loved one. Never hesitate to reach out, we all need a little help sometimes. If you are hurting, remember a wave of despair is indeed a wave, and, like all waves, it is temporary and will fall.
Grab a notebook and pen, or an e-pad, and take notes as Pastor Rick shares his message: