"A man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air but only for one second without hope," author Hal Lindsey once said.
Many factors may lead a person to suicide, but a loss of hope is at the root of each devastating decision.
Those who are losing hope need a promise that their pain will one day be removed completely.They need a sense of purpose that will carry them through the times of trial and remind them that someone out there will never leave nor forsake them.
What we all need are God's promises, which bring hope and love that transcend our circumstances. Verses such as Hebrews 13:5-6, provide hope: "God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.' So we say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?' "
We need to know their lives matter to God, that they were created for a reason and that He loves us more than we will ever know. We need to know that whilst the struggles of life are not easy, they are worth it for the great joy we will feel when we are reunited with their Heavenly Father who created us.
Jesus Christ died so that when we trust in Him we will know Him and certainty of His promises to us. This is what we and our children need to hang on to when all seems lost. •