Mental illness (MI) is once again in the news. Sadly, another mass shooting took place at the hands of someone who apparently suffered from MI. The shootings at the Navy Yard in our nation’s capital rocked the nation. Left us all grieving, stunned, and angry. Why does this keep happening?
Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life” and pastor of Saddleback Church, knows what it’s like to have a child with serious MI. They faced a parent’s worst nightmare: the loss of that child to suicide. In April 2013, Matthew killed himself.
Last night, Pierce Morgan used his show to interview Rick Warren and his wife about MI and gun violence. The entire hour-long interview sounded like a message from the pulpit. Rick and his wife shared about pain, sorrow, grief. Yet their responses were sprinkled with unshaken faith in God, and words of hope. They spoke of seeing their son once again in heaven. And honestly admitted to nagging unanswered questions.
Here’s a portion of that interview:
Here’s another link:
When we’re going through a trial that seems like it could defeat us, it helps to turn to someone who’s experienced it and survived. Rick Warren is one of those people. He had to live what he’d been preaching. Now when he speaks, people can’t say, “That’s easy for you to say.” He’s living proof that God is faithful. Our Father upholds the weary. And comforts the sorrowful.
Spend some time listening from Rick yourself. On his church’s website, he has a series entitled “How to Get Through What You’re Going Through.” Pick one of those that would most meet your current needs. Here’s one:
I have been podcasting Rick’s sermons (after his sons suicide) and I love his transparency about pain and suffering. I think everyone going through hardships needs to hear it. It’s so great to see how he is using the tragedy in his family to encourage others to live in hope and peace as they face their own tragedies with Jesus.
” I think everyone going through hardships needs to hear it.” So true, Anna. Rick’s sermons would minister to anyone facing hardships. Clinging to God’s hope and peace helps us all to face our own tragedies.
Seeing how God is using Rick’s family tragedy helps us to understand why God allowed it…though Rick and Kay would prefer to have their Matthew back.
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