Let Us Comfort One Another
According to studies, unaddressed and untreated depression is the major cause of suicide. Severe depression can put a person to a place where he doesn’t see hope for the future, and suicide is the only escape to their woes.
The ordeal of suicide strikes in many different ways. Those who are left behind feel hopeless searching for the truth, feel at fault or guilty, angry, exhausted and tormented—these mixed emotions can lead to self-destruction.
Mourning due to suicide is very devastating; the process is very difficult, but it can be easy with the support of friends and family. The intense feelings of grief can come in waves, but each wave will certainly subside, so let them know you are there for them no matter what. Remember, this is the time when they needed you most.
This is what was illustrated in the movie Hope Bridge. Jackson (Booboo Stewart) discovers the truth behind the devastating decision of his father to take his own life— and that is the fear to deal with a great pain. This truth brings Jackson more anguish and agony. Will he do the same thing as his father did or will he break the cycle and move on?
The sorrow of losing a loved one is normal and expected, but with a suicide, it is grief and torment. The process is not easy and the path to healing and recovery is complicated. It is illustrated in this heartwarming film Hope Bridge where Sophie, who herself has almost committed suicide (Rebecca Robles) and Eric a pastor/counselor (Kevin Sorbo) patiently and lovingly help Jackson to recover from the ordeal of his father’s death. With the help of Eric and Sophie, Jackson finds strength and begins to see hope. The bridge where Jackson’s father ended his life is the same bridge where Jackson finds hope and a new beginning. He learns that there is no sorrow too deep that God cannot soothe.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2
Hope Bridge is a must see movie to educate the community on the effects of depression and if left untreated can end up to suicide. So, let’s comfort one another and give no place to tormentor.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things…and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9