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Dealing With Suicide
The content of the following letter to Sade Lenoir is in reference to the suicide of her husband, William Lenoir: Fayetteville April 12th 1861

Dealing with Suicide

The content of the following letter to Sade Lenoir is in reference to the suicide of her husband, William Lenoir:

Fayetteville April 12th 1861

Dear Aunt Sade:

I know I can say but little, indeed, nothing to comfort you in your great sorrow, but I feel as if I must tell you that we have heard of your affliction, and can feel for you for we have suffered—I never could feel for the distressed as I now can, I could always rejoice with the rejoicing; but now I can weep with the weeping—You have had a great shock, but I trust you will be sustained by God’s grace, “it will be sufficient for you.” We must “only believe” and our Heavenly Father will let us take comfort even when the sky seems entirely overcast, “sorrow may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning”—When bowed down with grief it seems hard, at times, to realize that it is God that deals thus with us, when the cup of sorrow seems full to overflowing, we can not understand why another drop is added? So often do we see Gods faithful children deprived of almost every joy and comfort, and if we did not believe the chastening was a token of love—what a dark world this would be! If we could feel always that we are but sojourning here to be fitted for another world … Oh! Aunt Sade it was the greatest comfort to me to feel that Jesus had suffered grief and had even wept on Lazarus’ grave—I never felt the same way about it before—I never appreciated my Redeemer—I had to be laid in the depths of woe [sic], so that I might taste the greatest blessing of my life …

Your affectionate Cousin

If you know someone who lost a loved one to suicide, being an attentive and understanding friend can make a big difference. Remind them the Lord has big arms and is able to handle any burden we place on him.

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Deuteronomy 33:27


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