It was near the end of my counselling session, by now I knew the routine. The counsellor looked up and asked me one final question:
“Is there anything else that you wanted me to address or talk to you about?”
In other words…was I hoping for more? Most of the time I shrug, not really knowing how to voice all the strong feelings inside. But this time I knew what to ask. I knew because I had been thinking about the question for a whole month, ever since the last time we had talked.
“Is there hope for me?”
He looks at me and sort of chuckles…”Hope?”
“No, I mean it. Is there hope that I’ll ever be the same again? Will I ever feel joy like I once did? Will I ever view the world with optimism instead of dreading the worst?? Is there hope?”
His face turns serious.
“Heather, I have seen hundreds of people. Many, many people, from all kinds of backgrounds and situations. Some haven’t had a shower in months by the time they come to me, and in some situations it is very, very hard for me to have hope. But you, Heather, have a firm foundation. That means even if the whole house has been burnt down, you have something to start on. Many people have nothing, their foundation is cracked and broken. What I’m saying is, YOU have tremendous hope. You will get through this. You will make it. I am confident of that.”
Without it, there’s not much to live for. Hope keeps us going.
I left that day with a much lighter heart. I had a firm foundation.
Now my heart is burdened for those who don’t. Would you pray with me today for the hopeless? For those without a firm foundation? For those considering suicide because they honestly believe it will never get better?
–Pray for those who have firm foundations to reach out in compassion, in honesty. Not pretending to have it all together (because no one actually does) but being REAL with each other.
– There is ALWAYS hope, pray that we would ALWAYS have our speech seasoned with the message of HOPE. This is NOT saying to give simple answers to complicated situations or to act annoyingly positive when someone is sharing their burdens. This means that even in our understanding and relating to others, that we ALWAYS offer an olive branch.
– PRAY for those with suicidal thoughts to find a reason to keep going, a reason to hold on to HOPE.
-For us to recognize the signs of loved ones that are struggling with suicidal thoughts and offer assistance, get them help. Often those struggling the deepest CANNOT do this for themselves!
– For us to realize the great importance of providing our families with a firm foundation to stand on.
-For those without a firm foundation to find Him. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.