Updated: Oct 9
Suicide prevention is near to our hearts in Wyoming and is part of our mission for Reclaiming Hope. Wyoming leads the nation for suicide deaths per capita at 32.3 per 100,000 people. We know that life can be overwhelming and walking in the 'valley of the shadow of death' as Psalm 23 says, can seem endless and hopeless. Sometimes the feelings we experience in this valley can be too much and we can only see one way out. We can’t see the hope, the light, because of the shadows surrounding us. In these moments we have to remember that a shadow is where light is somewhere, but there is something blocking it. When we are in a place that seems so dark, so full of shadows, it is hard to realize the light is close. When the Psalmist continues, he says; “I will fear no evil.” What would it look like for you to make this your own? What is it that you fear? You can fill in the blank with whatever that may be, "I will fear no _______" abandonment, loneliness, opinion, emotion, loss, past, or future. Why? Because He is with me. This is the confidence where the light of hope can be found. Yet, this truth is hard to remember in the valley, when people, when God, and when hope seem so far away! And yet, we can rely on the certainty of His presence. He will not fail us and He is with us.
We’re proud of all of our partner organizations that put hands and feet, flesh and living breath, to Hope. If you, or anyone you know, are in the valley, and you feel alone, know you are not. One simple resource is the 988 Lifeline which provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. There is help available as you're walking through the valley! Remember, light and hope are near, because He is near.
- Amber Bass
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.