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You Are Not an Island

“I wish you never thought you had to go
Wish you never thought you had to leave
Together we can lift each other up
We can build a shelter for the weak

No man is an island, we can be found
No man is an island, let your guard down
You don't have to fight me, I am for you
We're not meant to live this life alone

I see fear in your eyes
There's no safety here
Oh, my friend, let me in
I will share your tears

Through trouble, rain, or fire
Let's reach out to something higher
Ain't no life outside each other
We are not alone
Through trouble, rain, or fire
Let's reach out to something higher
Eyes open to one another
We are not alone

No man is alone
Why you try to fight me
We don't have to do it alone
We don't have to do it alone
We don't have to do it alone”

- Tenth Avenue North - 

I heard these lyrics while driving the other day and I had to pull over – the tears made it impossible to see where I was going. “Yes,” I said aloud, "That’s what I say in my mind to Matthew every day: I wish you never thought you had to go, wish you never thought you had to leave… no man is an island... you don’t have to fight me... I am for you... we’re not meant to live this life alone.” But he FELT alone. He saw himself as an island, far removed from any other land mass. Somehow I couldn’t reach him. Or maybe he knew he was loved but it wasn’t enough to counterbalance the unending litany of pain that flooded him every day. All I know is that he left.

I can’t bring him back. I can’t undo what he did to himself in one supreme moment of feeling alone. But I can sing this song to you: “Together we can lift each other up; we can build a shelter for the weak. We don’t have to do it alone.” No matter who you are reading this post, you ARE NOT AN ISLAND. Don’t believe it. It’s simply not true. You don’t have to do it alone. In the Body of Christ, we are one and you are a part of something bigger than yourself. We. Are. One.

If you feel strong will you sing it with me? Will you sing it to every person in your life? Will you let this become the refrain of your life? Will you move through each day aware that those around you may feel alone and as isolated as a tiny atoll in the vast ocean? Will you be a connector – a bridge-builder – a singer of hopeful songs to the weary? We. Are. One.

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24 Hours of Hope | World Mental Health Day

Today, October 10, is World Mental Health Day. This is a day to pause and seriously reflect on the more than 400 million people worldwide living with a mental illness. It’s a day to question the current state of mental health treatment – what’s working and what isn’t. It’s a time to raise our voices to advocate for more money for research. This is the day to end the stigma surrounding mental illness – to declare that having a mental illness is not a cause for shame or embarrassment. It’s a moment to wonder how YOU can become a more compassionate friend to someone you know who is suffering in quiet ways. Most of all, it’s the time for those of us who claim to be Christ-followers to live out our faith – to create churches that practice radical hospitality by welcoming in the broken, the wounded, the weary, the physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally ill brothers and sisters. It’s a day to offer hope! Hope that there is effective help, hope that life can be different, hope that God’s plan for our lives is GOOD.

Join us today for 24 Hours of Hope at www.mentalhealthandthechurch. Share this with everyone – somebody you know desperately needs hope today!

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