By a robber in the woods

A very dear friend of mine attempted suicide this weekend. She survived and is safe in a psychiatric hospital right now. But I spoke with her today and she still seems overcome by the depression and the sorrow she faces. I looked briefly through photos of us over the past few months and can see, now with clarity, the smile on her face and the sorrow in her eyes.

I am in hermit mode while I safely heal my own broken heart as she exhaustedly fights for hers. I await to see the success of her fight because I cannot bear it to think she may lose. She is strong, though she doesn't see it. She is brave, though she sees only her fear. I will see the truth of her on her behalf while she navigates the dark woods of her depression.

I do not claim to be religious but have studied numerous scholars of numerous religions. One of the things that has always stuck with me was the idea by Martin Luther in the 16th Century that suicide did not mean that the soul was damned. That having your life taken by the despair the devil attacks you with is no different than being murdered by a robber in the woods. I believe that to be true.

My friend was attacked by a robber in the woods. She survived but continues to fight through these horrifying woods of her mind. I hope she receives the guidance she needs to make it out. Whether through a god, a therapist, a friend, or a family member. I want her to come safely out, back into the sunshine that will heal her.

4 thoughts on “By a robber in the woods

  1. Sometimes, we have to hit rock bottom and be in the darkest of the dark before we are ready to step back into the light. The darkness in my life won for so many years. I ended up in a psychiatric hospital and started to heal. I vowed to never allow the darkness to allure me again. This summer, my most important endeavor was to see the eclipse in totality. I needed a physical, powerful symbol to hold onto. The universal energy is my God. and in the moment of totality of the eclipse I let go of all my darkness and faced fully into the light. Your friend is in thick right now, but she is doing the right things. She will prevail. And you will both move forward after this.

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