Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Comfort in the Aftermath of Suicide

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Comfort in the Aftermath of Suicide

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A Christian Science perspective: The suicide in Athens was a reminder to many of the degree of desperation some people are feeling. How can prayer help?

The desperation felt by Greeks in every corner of their society was sadly made even more evident by the suicide of a desperate pensioner, Dimitris Christoulas, in Syntagma Square in Athens Thursday. Our hearts go out to him and to all who knew him.

The rising rate of suicide within the population has made us more aware of what extreme economic measures and the lack of justice and compassion take on individual lives. This act of desperation must not be allowed to grip any people. We cannot lose sight of the reason we live - to glorify the God who is divine Life and Truth and Love. This is our sole purpose. Each life is needed. Each life must be valued. That's a divine demand on our human lives. Didn't Jesus say that even the very hairs of our head are all numbered by the Father (see Luke 12:7)? We must appreciate how specifically and tenderly He knows and cares for us.

But what of the dark thoughts that appear to take hold of our thinking and tempt us to such destructive action? They are the making of the mental pressure to conform to fear and desperation. But through this darkness, the light of Christ shines. The Christ shows us the power of divine Love.

Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, explained how our human condition, no matter how desperate, is touched by the divine and healed. She wrote, "In the desolation of human understanding, divine Love hears and answers the human call for help; and the voice of Truth utters the divine verities of being which deliver mortals out of the depths of ignorance and vice. This is the Father's benediction" ("Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896," p. 81).

The most active statement we can make, and which carries divine weight to make a difference in all avenues of society, is in the power of prayer. Wherever injustice appears to be in control - whether ignorant or malicious, and whether induced by cold, enforced extremism - there is hope. We find reason for this hope through Christ. Certainly in this Easter season, celebrating Christ Jesus' supreme victory over all material conditions, is the largest lesson which brings hope. …

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