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I'm gutted by the news that Amy Bleuel, Founder of Project Semicolon has died.
If you aren't familiar with Project Semicolon, in short, it is a mental health awareness movement and suicide prevention social media storm. Because a semi-colon represents a "writer's" desire to "not end a sentence;" Amy helped make the semi-colon a symbol for those who had been affected by suicide in some way--it became a symbol for, "I'm not done yet."
But now, Amy, who encouraged so many others to KEEP GOING has lost her own battle.
This is the sad truth about mental health issues and depression.
It's the truth about many of our health issues, and the truth about our struggles as parents of children with special needs.
We may experience temporary joys and thrilling victories...
And I know that God is up in Heaven pleading with us---
Sometimes the victories that we experience can take us on to even greater depressions because we get to the top of the mountain and we have experienced the joy and the beauty there at the top...BUT WE MUST COME DOWN AGAIN.
I'm sorry, my friends. But there will always be.
And so, we have to get comfortable with the roller coaster. We have to know that the journey will lead back down off the mountain at some point.
But, Tammie, this is NOT an encouraging message!
I know it's not. But, in a way it IS.
Because God will ALWAYS be there. On top of the mountain and down in the valley.
God will ALWAYS be right beside you.
What Amy did to raise awareness of mental health and her struggle with depression was tremendous and she fought a very brave fight on a very public stage. Ultimately though, we have to recognize the sad fact that she was still very human and still fought that fight every day.
Why didn't God cure her? Why didn't he take her struggle away?
For the answer to this question and the questions we ask about our painful trials in our own lives I look to the verse above from Hebrews...