Hebrews 12:1

Passage: 

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1 RSV).

Question: 

We lost our grandson to suicide recently.

Comment: 

I am so sorry for your loss. I know suicide is especially painful and disturbing for those who remain behind.  

This passage refers back to the previous chapter in which the author of Hebrews describes the many painful challenges to be found in the history of the Hebrew people. In every case, he writes, they were protected by their faith in God. They are the "cloud of witnesses" testifying to the importance of having faith in our oneness with God. It is by following their example, and centering ourselves in faith, that we are able to "run with perseverance" through the shadows and challenges of this mortal experience.

It is always difficult to understand the consciousness in which one might choose to end this particular human experience. We are infinite beings of Spirit, and death has no reality in Truth. Your grandson continues to run "the race that is set before us" in another dimension of eternal life. We can see him moving forward, healed of the challenges and fears that so troubled him here.

Blessings!

Rev. Ed