Welcome. You are invited to consider something important with me today.
If we look at the image here it is a recognisable symbol of a broken heart and probably a broken dream to accompany it.
Familiar to many.
Most of us try to hide our pain, our brokenness, as best we can. Others literally ‘wear their hearts on their sleeves’.
Last night I was privy to another person’s pain and I couldn’t ignore it.
When a Twitter message entered my stream it roused a degree of curiosity and concern. I tried to ignore it and read on. But I felt compelled to take it seriously.
It purported to be a note of intention to commit suicide.
I read it
I wrote a poem.
The thoughts wouldn’t go away. I couldn’t ignore it.
During the course of my nursing career, and through personal experience in the family, I have witnessed and been affected by people who have had intentions of self-harm and suicidal tendencies.
Very sadly, some have been successful in following through with their intentions. Each left an indelible mark on those left behind.
All of us need to realise – ‘there but for the grace of God go you or I’
Most of us have experienced a broken heart or broken relationships to some degree or other. Discouragement is common and Depression too.
We live in a fractured, selfish, ‘It’s all about me’, driven sort of world that often has little patience, time or sympathy for the hurting. Our cries for help may be overlooked by carelessness alone, never mind indifference.
We may have to make an effort to stretch out a hand of support, comfort or empathy to:
Those who may be unemployed, sick, poor, marginalised, lonely, lost and weak, devastated by circumstances beyond their control.
Yet God wants to bestow on us ‘a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair’ ~ Isaiah 61:3
It helps to know that there is no pit so deep that God cannot pull us out of – if we surrender to His care.
Take your pain to Him – He can handle it and bring relief, peace and strength. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.
The poem below is not sweet, nor polished or easy to read. You might want a stiff coffee or something first.
It is a raw attempt to see into the mind of a potentially suicidal person, through the power of imagination, and feel their pain.
Suicide is commoner than we might like to think. Our young people are particularly vulnerable to it, but all age groups are at risk.
We are all connected by virtue of our humanity. Could we be the ones to answer someone’s heart-felt cry?
‘To Whom it may Concern’