You have to follow the rules.
“Let me hold you through it, let me carry you, I know it feels you’re at the end, but here your story’s just beginning.”
Beauty in the Broken | Hyland
A woman who fears the Lord will not run away from God to satisfy her longings and relieve her anxieties. She will wait for the Lord. She will hope in God. She will stay close to the heart of God and trust in his promises. The prospect of departing into the way of sin will be too fearful to pursue; and the benefits of abiding in the shadow of the Almighty too glorious to forsake.John Piper (via kathrynwiebe)
8-years ago, CHP Officer Kevin Briggs talked this young man out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
That young man’s name is Kevin Berthia.
Today he is 30 years old and married with 2 children.
This week he presented Officer Briggs with an award on behalf of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The story of how Officer Briggs talked Kevin down is remarkable.
As you can see in the picture, Kevin is literally one step away from jumping to his death. But for more than hour, the officer listened to Kevin pour his heart out about his troubles and told him, “I know you think things are bad, but they can get better.”
Kevin says, “Officer Briggs never made me feel guilty for the situation I was in. He made feel like, I understand why you are here, but there are alternatives”
Kevin is just one of countless lives Briggs has saved over his 23 year career.
Briggs, who was promoted to Sergeant five years ago, is humble about what he does. He says, ”they make the decision, when they step back over that rail it takes a tremendous amount of courage”
I salute Sergeant Briggs!
Photo: The San Francisco Chronicle, John Storey
It’s unbelievable how you can affect someone else so deeply and never know.Susane Colasanti (via lusteens)
Bleh, my hearts so heavy and it breaks for you. And I wish there was something I could do to make all your frustrations and hurt go away, to help you see that everythings going to be okay. To help you see that gentle, kind-hearted yet determined, strong man that I’ve always seen in you.
But I don’t know how.
But Lord, in my hopelessness, I am reminded that you are our Living Hope and have not given up. God, I pray that you continue to open his eyes to Your pursuit of him. Holy Spirit, will you fill him with your peace right now and protect him from the world around him and the voices within himself And Lord, I pray for new opportunities to genuinely love him and be there for him as well. God, will you teach me how I can best not only love on him, but love him?