In this edition I want to talk about my friend’s son. This was a guy that I watched grow up.
I never knew that he suffered as deeply as he did from depression. On his memorial web site there are hundreds of pictures of this smiling guy. A compassionate fellow, who was kind to my kids. My kids were younger and he had a way of making them feel like they were special. How ?? He listened. He just listened. I lost touch with him for a few years while he worked. The yearly camping trips with his family did not always make a 18 -20 year old feel like hanging with abunch of 30 and 40 year olds who want to hike, swim, have campfires and a few glasses of wine. But last summer he came. He spent a week with us and we got him to come on the canoe trip with all 16 or so of us. He had days he was not withdrawn, some he was. I regret that I did not spend a moment and ask him what was up. It would; for the most part, maybe not have made a difference. I would like to think it would have. The day after we found out he was gone. We went to the parents house and the father, a man of great faith put it all in a nut shell. He asked God what could he have said to make a difference?Why hadn’t he found or God given him the right words. Gods reply “he didn’t listen to me.” But God was there When he was at the cross roads of life and death Jesus was standing there as his Shepard. The lie in his head pulling him away from his family, his God, his life, didn’t allow room for God to talk. The pastor at his funeral makes this point more accurately
“But I’d better tackle what we’re feeling head on:
is it not precisely God grace, His good favor, that seems to have been
swallowed and removed by this suicide? It’s like the lights have gone out and
we can’t get them back on. It’s like there’s been a grace power failure. I’m
saying, this is how it feels.
For, indeed, grace is not the one and only force
at work on planet earth, and actually, the Scriptures are candid about this. In
Ephesians 6, for example, the Apostle speaks about our struggle against the
evil power of this present darkness. I’m not going to take time to explain
that, but is it not exactly what we sense –this present darkness? Yes, and let
me warn you about something: beware that just when this present darkness is
most stiflingly black, beware of a cool, deadly voice whispering a thought to
your mind, saying, This is reality.
Darkness, finally, is all there is. You were a fool to hope in God and His
grace; it’s an illusion.”
Beware this cool, deadly whisper because, my
friends, it is a lie. It is the lie the present darkness uses to try and pull
us still farther down, so as to increase its influence on us. But it is a lie.
A lie based on a partial truth, yes, because there is such a thing as darkness,
but when it claims that darkness, hopelessness, is the final, great reality, it
lies. Recognize it and reject it.
For the truth is much greater, and it is this: God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. Furthermore, all the universe God has made is full of light, and joy, and loveliness, and grace. God’s universe is an excellent, happy place, worlds both seen and unseen, full of goodness and light. In fact, in all the wide universe there is only one, tiny corner of it where darkness has got a foothold, namely, this earth. Nevertheless, the overwhelming great reality in the cosmos is the grace and light of God –it’s everywhere.”
Ever have a feeling in your heart – it is a undeniable feeling that you cannot shake. People tell you; you are wrong, you see the situation in a incorrect manner. But you are right you cause you have the feeling. It’s your feeling, you can’t be wrong in your heart. Sometimes feelings lie. Have you ever been proven wrong and the feeling in your heart is exposed as a lie and you can’t fathom it, but it is true. This is what happen to this young man. The lie of darkness spoke to his heart and we could not convince him otherwise. We talked to him, we showed him with our way of life, but he did not realize it till he crossed over that it was a lie. So then what? Is he sentenced to hell because of a lie? NO and I say it again No. Things happened long before God knit this soul together in his mom that saved him ,from a earthly lie . Jesus was born, lived died on the cross and rose again. but See the Poem I wrote.
Where are you my friend? I did not know you left.
We saw you as a light rising, Oh you shone so bright.
You stretched your wings, we saw you take flight.
But we never saw the darkness, lurking in the night.
We looked into your eyes, we saw only your light.
That captivating smile, outreach of compassion.
But behind the light, the lie began to grow with passion.
We knew the darkness lurked, but we only saw your light.
The lie thought he had you, on your final flight.
But the lie did not know. That long ago
You were very small, and baptized, witnessed by us all.
Upon the forehead and upon the breast
God’s love it always rests.
The Son of Man, of love, and grace, ask that we bring the children in haste
So the lie has lost , for on the knee of the Son of Man
Forever and ever the light sits by His hand
Forever in God’s love
Forever in God’s Grasp
Never to hear the lie, that has made all us cry.
In a nutshell the boy was baptized into God’s family, and no lie, or anything or one else — can take you from that loving grasp.
So In conclusion. Yes there is depression, and yes there are victims from depression, and not the spacey ones you see on TV advertizing pills where the side-effects list is longer than the benefits. I’m not saying all pills are wrong- there are some good ones prescribed by good doctors. You just have to find the right doctor and then the right pill. Most of the time that is the rub. In God there is hope, love, grace, and joy. It may not seem near, but I ask you for one more day, then one more day, the darkness can lift. See your family, see your doctor, see your friends, or a pastor. Call a crisis line, the operator- anyone. You will not feel like it; but give it one more day and talk to at least 3 people— it will make all the difference.
Next time there is more on my journey please come back and read some more- till next time