I was listening to the radio yesterday; switching stations as I usually do, because quite frankly I get bored with music nowadays.
But a song caught my attention, the voice was raw, the words were clear, hearing them pierced me, immediately didn’t like them. They were harsh, abrupt, hurtful, even painful I felt tears start to well in my eyes. As I looked at my radio for information on the song, track and artist, I was surprised to see a phone number. I continued to watch as it scrolled across my display to see if I was missing something but I wasn’t; it was just that, a phone number.
From when I first started listening to the song to the moment I read that phone number it couldn’t have been more than 10 seconds, which is a decently long time if you think about it. I mediately knew the phone number was for suicide hotline prevention.
I picked up my cell and called the number. I quickly explained I would not take up the woman’s time who answered but I was simply calling to say I saw this number on my radio with a song about suicide and I something inside me told to call and thank them. She had the most calming, soothing voice that I believe I have ever heard in my entire life. I know I was talking quickly not to take up her time and she slowed me down by asking if there was anything she could do for me OR a loved one. That blew me away a seeing as these people giving their time along with their hearts to save someone they don’t even know are know offering to help someone I may know that needs help.
I was blessed to say no, and finished my sentence with telling her they are a blessing and I will pray for all of them daily for hope, courage and the strength to pick up that phone every time it rings.
I pray that someday we will no longer need that service. But I also know in a world of hate, like we live in, we need more volunteers to answer that ringing phone.
Be kind. Just love.
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Let’s stop this horrible “Permeant solution to a temporary problem” that has so many hearts.