We received words this evening that the 27-year old son of Pastor Rick Warren, Matthew, committed suicide. The grief that the Warren family must be going through at this time is unimaginable. Therefore, even though some of us may have disagreed with Pastor Warren at times, now is the moment we should come together as the family of God and pray for this man and his family.
One news article read: After a “fun evening” as a family, Warren said his son took his life “in a momentary wave of despair at his home.”
Please, never think that a Christian is immune from times of despair and confusion, especially when mental illness is at play. As with Warren’s son, suicide can happen in a moment, when rational thought is drowned by emotion.
Never take talk or threats of suicide lightly. Never think your loved one will never do it. Many times all the hurting want is to be heard, so listen.
Father God, comfort the Warren family with your Spirit. May they feel your warm embrace and know that you are there. Strengthen their faith; sharpen their resolve; and bind their wounds as you bind their family in love.
In the name of Jesus our Savior we pray, Amen.
- Son of Pastor Rick Warren commits suicide (religion.blogs.cnn.com)
- BREAKING NEWS: So Sad – Rick and Kay Warren Lose Son Matthew, Aged 27 (zoemagazine.wordpress.com)
- Purpose Driven Life Author, Rick Warren loses his son to suicide (praisedc.com)