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Painting Your Life In Color: In Honor Of Suicide Prevention Week

You long to fly away from this dark, broken, cruel world because…


you can’t breathe,

nor do you want to,

everything is bleak,

you welcome the night.


Hope is gone,

not even a flicker,

the light you sought,

forever gone.


All is lost,

there is no use in trying,

the endless tears,

they fall in vain.


This numb existence suits you well,

curled tight in a corner you hide,

the pain turning you to stone,

betrayed, abandoned, left alone.


Blinding sorrow, deep raw pain,

the ache won’t go away.

Promised help nowhere in sight,

left alone to whither,







But, wait, friend.

Don’t fly away just yet.

Hang on for one more minute,

one more hour,

one more day.


Soon you’ll see a flicker of light shining through the darkness,

you’ll catch a glimpse of goodness amidst the pain,

and your heart will begin to heal.


Slowly at first, and then more swiftly,

you’ll begin, once again, to see the world in color,

and you’ll remember the beauty that life has to offer.


You’ll remember that you are the creator of your destiny,

that life, with its constant ups and downs, is beautiful.

That you are beautiful.


You will realize that the future,

beginning today,

is a blank canvas, white with possibility,

your daily choices adding color and texture

to the creation you call your life.


Your dreams for the future becoming a reality,

one stroke,

one day,

one decision at a time.


What colors from your life’s pallette will you choose to apply to your canvas?


There is hope shining brightly before you,


flowing abundantly,

in full color.


The gift of life is precious.

The gift of your life is priceless.

You are one of a kind.

You are needed.

You are loved.


God, the author and creator of all living things, created you—a marvelous masterpiece.

Now it’s your turn to create a masterpiece with the life He has gifted you with.

Your paintbrush, canvas, and a marvelously colorful life await.


In what ways will you share your beautiful creation–your life–with the world?



For more encouragement, visit the following sites:

Tomorrow Needs You

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline









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