Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13: Super Powers, Suicide & Speaking Life
Be an Example of Love, Week Three

Super Powers, Suicide & Speaking Life

Death by suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for children 10 to 14 years of age, and the 2nd largest cause of death for youth and young adults 15 to 34 years of age in the U.S. Super Powers, Suicide & Speaking Life was created to offer insight as to how the people of God can understand, healthily respond to, and better support those affected by suicide and suicidal thoughts. Rooted in the hope that we bear as people of God, this resource can help us light a candle with our children, by equipping us with language, wisdom and inspiration to fight for their lives with our love. The webinar offers general information about suicide, discuss key elements, warnings signs, and resilience factors for suicide, and offer practical ways we can nurture, support, and stand along-side those affected by suicide—especially our teens and young adults. The hope is that this webinar can be used as a tool for discussion and contemplation during youth groups, parenting groups, bible studies and more!

Gracious God, creator of life and designer of the very air we breathe,
Thank you for the hope your spirit brings when the temptation of death surrounds us. Gird our hearts and mind with your truth as we come along side our hurting children. Help us resist feelings of shame and guilt as we resist the societal stigmas that only add to our children’s pain and our own. Let us instead be filled by your grace, love and wisdom, seeing ourselves and our children as you see us. Grant us peace oh God, to stand with them in a mighty way, gentleness and kindness as we love them and ourselves in a balanced way, and courage and joy for strength as we love them in a fearless way. In you precious and powerful name we pray. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 1:4-8
For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of people we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place where your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it.

(Read the weekly scripture each day. Find a phrase or word that speaks to you. Share your reflections with others over dinner, social media, and in prayer. Share the scripture with a child you know in the car, through a text, or in a children's Bible.)

Resources and Links

NBA Webinar Link For the Devotion

Other Suicide Prevention Resources

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

Angela Whitenhill MDiv., LCSW and National Benevolent Association

*The view represented in these devotions come from a variety of diverse perspectives. We do not seek to agree but seek to welcome all to the conversation and the table.

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