Last evening we received terrible news from a former parishioner. Apparently last Sunday morning, while his grandmother was attending the parish council meeting my husband was chairing and I was enjoying lunch and fellowship with the rest of the congregation, a young man who lived a block away from the church, right next door to his grandmother in fact, tried to commit suicide. Unfortunately he was successful in his attempt. He was only 24 years old.
When the young man's father realized his son's locked bedroom door and lack of verbal response to his queries could indicate a problem, he ran next door to get grandpa and together they kicked open the locked door. The young man still had a pulse at that time, but paramedics were unable to save him. He died enroute to hospital.
We are reeling over the death of this very popular and successful fellow. He had just received a promotion at work. He seemed to have everything to live for. He was his grandfather's best buddy. They camped and hunted and fished together. We are concerned for his much younger sister.
This family has all ready experienced many other personal tragedies. This is the latest in a long list. Please pray for the family of CD. His young sister has all ready survived more trauma in her young life than I have in mine. His mother and grandparents have all ready been to hell and back.
Some of the loveliest people seem to have to carry some of the heaviest burdens. They have exhibited amazing grace and ongoing concern and kindness to those around them when they could be very bitter. Please pray this dear family can continue to hang onto the faith in God that has previously sustained them. Thank you for your prayers for them.