Monday, May 19, 2008


I got a call the other night from a good friend. She told me someone we had gone to high school with had just killed himself.

My heart is so heavy.

I see his face. Young. Cheerful. Happy. I have no idea the road life has taken him down all these years. I wonder, how alone do you have to feel to do something like that? As tears fall down my cheeks I think, " What if?"... If I had only known, but there was no way for me to know.

This is not the first time someone I have known has chosen this road.

I am so scared of what lies ahead for my children. What choices will they make when encountered by the things of this world.

The world has gone crazy. Drugs, alcohol, murder, suicide. Can life really get that bad?

I just keep seeing his face. I wish I could reach out and help him, but he's gone. Forever.

What did he say to himself before he did something so final? My heart aches for how alone he must have felt. Caught up in a world that offers nothing.

My dear Christian friends, the time to speak is now. Don't hide the hope inside any longer. We have to share it with the world. There may never be another chance.

We walk passed them on the street. It's that single mom struggling to make it. They sit next to us in church. I'm urging all of us to not sit idle...let's go find them. There may never be another chance.

If anyone out there is as alone as he was and you are reading this, I want you to know there is hope and it lies in the name of Jesus. He will always be there to help you. If you want to know how to find that hope, email me at and I will listen. I will share with you the everlasting love of Jesus.

Oh, God please hear me. There are so many lonely people who are going to do the same thing. God please help me find them so I can share your love with them. So I can tell them they are never alone. That you will be right by their side if they would only accept you. God help them. Forgive them for they no not what they do. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.


LAURIE said...

Cheri, thank you for sharing today and I will pray for you that God will help you to continue to have this boldness to share Him with others. How tragic for your friend, I am reminded that we are living in desperate times and people do desperate things in desperate times. People DESPERATELY need the Lord now more than ever! - love, Laurie

Carol said...

Good stuff, Cherie. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I will say a prayer for his family.

Leah said...

Oh dear one. I just had a friend try to take her own life. Thankfully she didn't succeed but she hasn't hit bottom yet. She is in rehab for drugs but still isn't getting honest with herself. I so want her to walk in freedom but can't do it for her.

I'm so sorry about your friend.


Jenifer said...

I've been there. I know what it's like to have no hope, but praise the Lord He saved me and now my only hope is Jesus.

Giving God ALL the glory!!!!!


kmom3 said...

Sweet Cheri,
I am so sorry to hear about this friend from your past. My heart aches as well to think of those who are out there right now hurting bad enough to want to end their lives.
May the God of all comfort break through the darkness and draw them to Him with His great love.
I will be praying for the family and friends of this man.
You are a blessing. Thank you for sharing the love and hope of Jesus!

Susan said...

Dear Cheri,

I first want to thank you for stopping by the other day. It's so nice to meet you!

I was so sad to read about this friend, and yes, heart broken.

I will be praying for the family now.

Blessings to you♥

Anonymous said...

your blog is a blessing, thanks for sharing from your heart! and thank you for leaving a comment on my Saturday post... it made me smile :o)

Dotwigg said...

Thank you for such a passionate and compelling invitation to those who are lonely. Please remember the friends that were around your friend. Most people automatically pray for the family but the people that saw him those last few days are going to be hurting and questioning. They are going to need the joy of the Lord and His peace to begin to understand this.
Prayers for you all to find the peace and joy again.

Rebecca said...


How awful to hear about the loss of your friend. I am so sorry.

Just today I received a phone call from a friend in Arkansas who lost a young man in her church. He, too, took his own life. It is happening everyday.

Our need for Christ is so evident. I am most confident that the Lord will use your blog to reach lost and hurting people.

Christina said...

So sorry to hear this. A few years ago one of my son's friends committed suicide, he was only 12 and not a day goes by that I don't think of him. He suffered from bipolar disorder and they never could get his medicine right. So tragic. My heart goes out to this family and to you.

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...


This is so challenging, thank you. And I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm praying for you, your friends and this family.