I Feel Your Pain!

you-are-not-aloneLast week’s Flashback Friday brought us back to a summer night back in 2009, where I went with my youth group to a camp’s worship night nearby. Today we will pick up where we left off.

While at the worship service, there was a girl there; one none of us knew. She announced that night to her youth group that she was planning to commit suicide that night. When I heard the news, the very first thing I wanted to do was find her, hug her and tell her I understood. I wanted to let her know that she was not the only one struggling. That I felt that same pain day in and day out.

But I did not.

I did not want anyone to know. I was afraid that by admitting it, I would lose the love from everyone I knew and that they would no longer want anything to do with me.

Oh how wrong I was.

If I had shared my true feelings, emotions, and fears that night, I am positive I would have been greeted with open arms, love, and prayer. Let this be a lesson to those who are struggling today. Tell someone around you. Get help. But most importantly, know…

You are not alone.

If you are struggling right now and need to talk to someone the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255. Remember, you are not alone; you are special; you are loved.

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