In Wake of Celebrity Suicides, Max Lucado Speaks Life and Hope to Those in Peril

June 11, 2018Jun 11, 2018

The suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and CNN’s celebrity shift Anthony Bourdain have stirred a momentous reaction in America.

The Wall Street Journal reports that calls to suicide prevention hotlines jumped 25 percent in the two days after Kate Spade’s suicide, compared to the week before. Unfortunately, the amount of people committing suicide has skyrocketed in the 21st Century.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 45,000 people committed suicide in the United States in 2016 alone, and that the suicide rate in the U.S. rose by nearly 30 percent from 1999 to 2016.

In an article for Fox News, Max Lucado, the well-known Christian author, shared his encouragement for those struggling with the temptation to commit suicide. He believes there is still hope for those struggling.

“Suicide victims battled life’s rawest contests,” he writes. “They often faced a mental illness or physical illnesses and felt the peril of mental fatigue. What you and I take for granted, they coveted. Optimism. Hope. Confidence that all would be well – that they would be well.

“Their clouds had no silver linings. Their storms had no rainbows.

“If that describes the way you feel, can I urge you to consider one of the great promises of the Bible? The promise begins with this phrase: ‘Weeping may last through the night’ (Ps. 30:5).

“Of course, you knew that much. You didn’t need to read the verse to know its truth. Weeping can last through the night. Weeping may last through the night, and the next night and the next.

“This is not news to you.

“But this may be: ‘Joy comes with the morning’ (Ps. 30:5). Despair will not rule the day. Sorrow will not last forever. The clouds may eclipse the sun, but they cannot eliminate it. Night might prolong the dawn, but it cannot defeat it. Morning comes. Not as quickly as we want. Not as dramatically as we desire. But morning comes, and, with it, comes joy. Joy comes,” Lucado writes.

The CDC states that suicide is coupled with mental health conditions and is rarely caused by any single factor; those contributing factors include relationships, substance use, physical health and job, money, legal or housing stress. If you or someone you know is struggling with the temptation to commit suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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