Paws and Ponder
Psalm 42:11 Why my soul, are you sad?
Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in the God, for I will praise Him, my savior and my God.
She walked into the room.
She took the key from its hiding place.
Opened the closet door, pulled the heavy case off the shelf.
Set the case on the bed and pulled out the loaded gun.
She was tired of fighting the sadness, darkness of her soul, so many had tried to help.
In and out of temporary psych wards, meds that didn’t help, therapy, next was a residential facility. She was a burden, emotionally drained, no way out but death, everyone would be better off if she wasn’t here. She picked up the gun, placed it at her temple, slid her finger into the trigger, closed her eyes,
About 129 people commit suicide daily, of those 22 are veterans.
3 times more men then women cause there own deaths. 4xs more white males.
2xs more women suffer depression than men.
The US suicide rate rose 33% from 1999 to 2018, making last year the highest since World War 2.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death amongst Americans.
51% of suicide victims use a firearm
In 2017 8% of youth grades 9 -12 reported they had made one suicide attempt in the last 12 months.
The suicide rate for children 10 to 17 years of age rose by 70% from 2006 to 2016
These numbers are staggering...
This is a hurting world...
What is going on?
The "Tech Times" sites two major reasons suicide rates are climbing...
1. Suicide is a contagion. Hard to believe but true you can “catch” suicidal behavior. This is especially true amongst those already considering it.
2. Public mental health crisis. The US has a real problem in terms of recognizing psychological illness. Almost three in four Americans was NOT receiving treatment at the time of their death.
I present a reason not sited...it’s a crisis of the SOUL. Too many have no moral compass. The world tells us what and who to be. We ”follow” social media, suffer from never measuring up, too much pressure to “be famous”, to be perfect. We listen to strange ideologies; identify with whatever we see, be whatever we want, do whatever we feel...
We have walked away from the lover of our soul, Jesus. We have replaced Him with all things depraved and corrupt. We are then appalled when the evilness of a mind is enacted on the masses. How hypocritical of us to think if we don’t teach; love, kindness, gentleness, peace, joy, faith, self-control, goodness, patience, charity, modesty and morally purity that the worlds amoral persuasion will be touted from the roof tops. We all follow something...
Who has your soul?
Suicide is no joke!!
So many affected...no one left untouched, too many left in it's wake, the pain too heavy to bear.
Suicide hotline: 800-273-8255. 24/7
Also online chat available
You aren't alone!
The world is NOT better without you!