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Saddleback Church … Needs Your Prayers

Josh Griffin —  April 8, 2013 — 2 Comments

Pastor Rick sent this to our church late last week … would love your prayers for his family and our church:

To my dear Saddleback Family,

Over the past 33 years we’ve been together through every kind of crisis. Kay and I’ve been privileged to hold your hands as you faced a crisis or loss, stand with you at gravesides, and prayed for you when ill. Today, we need your prayer for us.

No words can express the anguished grief we feel right now. Our youngest son, Matthew, age 27, and a lifelong member of Saddleback, died today.

You who watched Matthew grow up knew he was an incredibly kind, gentle, and compassionate man. He had a brilliant intellect and a gift for sensing who was most in pain or most uncomfortable in a room. He’d then make a beeline to that person to engage and encourage them.

But only those closest knew that he struggled from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even suicidal thoughts. In spite of America’s best doctors, meds, counselors, and prayers for healing, the torture of mental illness never subsided. Today, after a fun evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.

Kay and I often marveled at his courage to keep moving in spite of relentless pain. I’ll never forget how, many years ago, after another approach had failed to give relief, Matthew said, Dad, I know I’m going to heaven. Why can’t I just die and end this pain? but he kept going for another decade.

Thank you for your love and prayers. We love you back.

Pastor Rick

Josh Griffin

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2 responses to Saddleback Church … Needs Your Prayers

  1. I’ll keep him in my prayers.

    There is a Catholic prayer for the dead. I hope you don’t mind… Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

    Blessings…

  2. Devastating,.. and impossible to imagine, thank God our Lord is the Way, the Truth and the Life,… the Beginning and the End, the Resurrection and the Life. Matthew rest in Peace in your Savior. Praying for the family and friends Matthew impacted in his life. By the way that is a beautiful prayer Jack,..Rick and Kay I am sorry for your loss…

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