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An Open Letter To A Suicide Victim

April 6, 2016 1:02:39 PM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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Dear Victim

I saw with utmost sadness another one of you tie the noose around your neck. Why did you let go of (me) life when (I) life had so much to offer you?

Life was never meant to be easy. Yes, it is a cake-walk when you are a child and being taken care of by your parents. The pressures are absorbed by the elders and you never know what or how your parents make things happen for you. They offered you the best. You would have known that when you started working and realized what it means to earn.

So why, when pressure mounts, did you opt out? Is it because it is an easy option? Or do you think that is the best for everyone?

No, it's never the best for anyone. With you gone, you don't know the sadness you have plunged your near and dear ones into. They will never be the same again. You have changed their lives forever. In your ‘instant moment' of thinking that you are doing them and yourself a favour, you have inadvertently murdered their ambitions and put the brakes on their lives.

Your father is heart-broken; your mother is torn from inside. Your siblings will mourn forever. And what about your friends and relatives; the ones you loved? They too are affected?

You were precious. You were unique. You were meant to be a part of life around you, not live in isolation. You were meant to bloom and shine, because that is how God created you. When he sent you in this world, he equipped you to communicate with Him with His spirit inside of you. You were meant to live a powerful, wholesome life.

Taking away your own life is never a right choice. Agreed you are going through mental trauma and stress and are burdened with expectations or are in a hopeless, abusive relationship.

But there is a way out. Not through the noose. The things that you are going through today, you will probably laugh at two years down the line, if you handle it wisely. Yes, you have to seek Wisdom at all times and in all situations and Wisdom comes from God. You have to have the Wisdom to seek professional help when you realize that this is something you cannot handle on your own.

Life was never meant to be easy. There WILL be ups and downs; there will be serious sets of problems. There will be misunderstandings. But you have to grow, learn and handle these issues that life dishes out to you. They are for your growth, to bring you to a higher level.

I saw you hanging lifeless and was aghast. There were things that life had lined up for you. You were on the threshold of attaining your dreams. Life was just beginning to open its doors for you in ways you could have not even imagined.

Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved. I am life and I come from God. He is the author of life. So who are you to take your life away?

If the curtains were pulled back that day so that you could look into His plans and desires for your life, you would see God opening doors to bring new opportunities across your path and His preparations for clearing away any obstacles that might hold you back.

Jeremiah 29:11 is clear that God has a plan and a future for you. So let me encourage any of you who might be contemplating suicide; turn your desires and plans over to God and say, “I'm trusting You. I believe that You are in control and even though I may not see anything happening today, I believe You're working in my life.”

Take your eyes off the noose, and stay focused on God.

God Bless You.
(This weekly column tries to be as honest as honest can be…)

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