Shared in honor of those dear to me who have died by suicide and those I love who have someone dear who has died by suicide.
Nothing can separate you from Christ’s love –
not your life,
or your death;
not angels who did not protect you
or friends who did not hear you;
not family or beloved or therapist.
Not gunshot or hunger strike,
exhaust fumes or sleeping pills,
tall buildings or subway trains,
high bridges, ropes,
or turning your face to the wall.
Not anything else in all creation
will be able to separate you
from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Not your despair or my grief;
not your pain or my anger;
not the letter you left,
or the hearts you break;
not the past or the future;
Not anything else in all creation,
not you yourself –
and never God –
will ever be able to separate you
from the love you have even now
in Christ Jesus.