There has been three suicides in my small town of 400 in the last two weeks. That is terrible. Suicide is a terrible way to die.

The rates of suicide are increasing. The economy are causing people to give up hope and end their lives along with their families.

What you leave behind is lasting when you commit suicide. If you have children, they are more likely to commit suicide. Friends are also affected. It is like a dominoe effect.

I have been in the place before where I felt suicide was the answer. I know how it feels. I know the hopelessness and despair. I want to tell you something. Life does go on. There is something worth living for. God is there waiting to give you something to hang on to. Just call out for Him. That is what I did.

I can remember I was in the hospital for attempted suicide. I was in the pit of despair. I had taken my kids to my ex’s home. He had taken them to his sister’s to live. He didn’t want them. So I didn’t have my kids. It was me. I felt that God had abandoned me.

For some reason I started reading the Psalms. King David had been in the pit of despair many times himself. He went through depression many times. Read through the Psalms for yourself and you will see what I mean. He didn’t lose hope though, no matter what.

This chaplain came up asking if anyone wanted to come to sing. I decided to go just to get out of the room. We sang this song called “Just Because He Lives”. That song changed my life.

There a phrase in it that says “Life is worth the living, just because He lives. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Because He lives, all fear is gone…” It is a beautiful song.

I grabbed hold of it with all my heart. I started praying out to God for a reason to live. He gave it to me. That has been twelve years now. I haven’t been down to that pit of despair since.

God has brought me into recovery from my mental illness and into a new life of wonderful happiness. He can do that for each of you. You just have to give your life to Him.

Life is so worth living, despite the terrible economy. Things are bad. And they will probably get worse as times goes by. That’s the signs of the times. But God will never leave you or forsake you not matter what. He will provide your needs – in every way. I believe that totally. He does that for me all the time.

Please, if you are feeling suicidal, talk to someone. Remember that suicide is forever. The problems that you are facing are temporary. Things will pass. You have loved ones who will miss you dreadfully. And you don’t know whose life you will be affecting by ending your own. Please choose to live. You will be glad you did. So will others.

God will too. He loves you very much.

take care,