A few days from now we will “Remember 9/11” … do your remember where you were at, when you heard the news? Did you see the events unfold on live T.V., or listen to them on the radio? I do, I was at work and made a statement to a co-worker saying “I wish there was something I could do to help those people affected by this tragedy.” Having no clue that just eight months later my family and I would be living in Staten Island ministering to individuals affected by that terrible day. I heard the shocking stories of heroism, heard the pain of loss and grief, heard the praise of God’s mercy, and saw the faces of those that survived. One thing is for sure 9/11 is a day none of us will never forget.
The impact of Suicide, even within our churches today! Reports have emerged that Pastor Bill Lenz who was founder and longtime senior pastor of Christ the Rock Community Church in Harrison, WI died Monday by committing Suicide. Bill was a strong advocate within the Christian community for Suicide Prevention, and along with his brother created Life Promotions, that ministers and teaches folks about Suicide Prevention and how to recover from those thoughts. Reports that I have read have stated that Pastor Lenz reported suffering with Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Depression for about three months, and his staff and board responded by providing support and encouragement including giving him time to seek counseling and treatment. However, the depression became overwhelming and on Monday, he chose to take his own life. My prayers are with his family, friends, staff, and members of his church. Having provided Suicide Prevention training to staff