Helping a suicidal friend

Originally appeared online in the teen series: Trending - September 17, 2019

2018 had the highest number of suicides in the history of my county in recent years. Unfortunately, 2018 was also the year I learned that a close friend wanted to add himself to that statistic. Though I’d been aware of this tragic trend at my school, it was only when I began to have long conversations with my friend, desperately trying to convince him not to take his life, that I thought to turn to Christian Science for an answer. 

At first, I wasn’t sure how to go about it. I’ve read lots of great testimonies in which people were almost instantly healed just by reading the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. But sadly, helping my friend would not be as easy as handing him a book, considering that he isn’t very religious or fond of reading. Still, I knew that even if he wasn’t interested in learning about God for himself, I could make a difference by praying to clarify my own understanding of my friend as loved by God, known by God, and protected by God. 

I knew that even if my friend wasn’t interested in learning about God, I could still make a difference by praying.

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