Teen’s Misguided Attempt At Suicide Leads To New LifeDan Doyle
The shadow of depression, that dark and heavy weight that burdens the mind of the one who lives in its realm, sometimes is too much to bear and turns to despair. Depression is difficult enough, but when it turns to despair it becomes a true danger.
We don’t know all of the reasons for depression. Some are purely psychological, some are physiological, organic, but whatever its cause, depression is a truly heavy burden.
This video tells a very important story. It tells us that despair is the cause of suicide and suicide attempts. It is the dark voice that can draw us toward thoughts of ending the pain, ending it all, once and for all. For Jordan Burnham that voice led him to jump from his bedroom window, to fall 100 feet and to hit the ground at 60 mph. He did not expect to survive. When he leapt he did not want to survive. But survive he did. He got the miracle of a second chance at life.
It is true that he still must deal with his depression, but he also knows now the liberating lightness that comes from focusing on the needs of others, of making a difference for others. He speaks from his heart. His life has been turned around. He faces outward now, toward what he can do for others. He recognizes that he has been gifted with a miracle.
He has the love and support of his family, and many others now too, but he also knows something else. At the end of the video you will see a passage of scripture that he has had tattooed on his right arm. It is Psalm 37:23-24, which reads this way:
“The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
Thou he may stumble, he will not fall,
For the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
Amen. So be it! Amen.
For we Christians, it is our duty to pray for those who suffer. We must pray for them every day. And we must pray with our actions too. Let Jordan be a model of how we can pray with our actions as well as our silent prayers.
Dan Doyle is a retired professor of English and Humanities. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology. To read more of Dan’s work, click here.