Suicide...the Ache Behind the Smile

Even in laughter, the heart may ache (Proverbs 14:13). 

These words from the great philosopher king Solomon of the Bible ring true today as I think about the recent death of Robin Williams, several athletes in recent years (such as Junior Seau), and suicides of people I know personally. 

Anyone who has suffered through a loved one's suicide already knows the pain I'm talking about, but some may not. They judge those who suffer from depression and think suicide is a cop-out for the weaklings of society. 

Depression is an ugly monster and should be combatted as such while the sufferer should be treated gently and with much concern. We Christians should know better than to judge someone struggling with depression. Our spiritual forefather told us about this level of pain centuries ago.

We must all learn the people around us so well that we know when they ache at the heart level, even when they laugh. Robin Williams could make anyone laugh, and yet he was clearly hurting in recent times. Who knew him? Who didn't ask the right questions? Who are you invested in so deeply that you'd know if they were hurting? Just some thoughts to ponder. 

Thank you, King Solomon. Thank you, God, for his words. 

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