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Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness, helplessness or worthlessness? Are you feeling depressed or disappointed, overwhelmed with financial problems, relationship difficulties, the end of a love affair or death of a loved one? Are you questioning whether life is even worth living anymore? Almost any unfortunate experience can make some- one consider a drastic solution.

Would it surprise you to learn that by this time tomorrow, at least 84 people will have committed
suicide? Not only will their deaths be recorded as completed suicides, but another estimated 1,900 adults will have attempted to suicide. An estimated 5 million living Americans have attempted to kill themselves. Suicide is the whispered word, the taboo subject; yet this may well be what you contemplated.

I don’t want you to be another statistic; that is why I’m writing this. In one short tract like this I can’t begin to cover all that needs to be said, but I plead with you to hold on. Whatever it is that is troubling you, believe me, this too shall pass. These are not just words, but the truth. Please take it from me because I’ve been there, but I came up out of the abyss of despair. I tried to end it all and failed. Thank God, I failed.

Now I want to help you. You can’t work, play, drink, smoke, take drugs, ignore, read, study, talk
or forget your way out of whatever it is that’s trou- bling you. You just can’t.People who failed
to end their lives admit they couldn’t get away from themselves and their disturbing thoughts.
They were not choosing death as much as choosing to end their seemingly unbearable pain.

The first thing I need to tell you is that you cannot solve your problems on your own. You need God.

“Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the Son’s of God.” 1 John 3:1

“Casting all your care upon Him: for He careth for you”. 1 John 4:8

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because God sent His only begotten son into the world, that we might live through Him.” 1 John 4:9 “Hereby perceive we the love of God because He laid down His life for us. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sin.” 1 John 4:10

Let us keep fresh in our minds all the tender mercies God has shown us. Of the tears He has wiped away and the pain He has helped us bear.