Pastor Rick Warren Asks for Prayer

[mirrored from the overloaded Charisma News website]

Rick Warren Asks for Prayer After Son Takes Own Life

3:30PM EDT 4/6/2013 JENNIFER LECLAIRE

After Rick Warren’s son took his own life, the Saddleback Church pastor turned to his staff for intercessory prayer. Charisma News obtained the following e-mail Warren distributed. Please join with us in praying for his family. (Click here to read the original article about the heartbreaking news.)

To my dear staff,

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 bee-line 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

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5 Comments

  1. Prayers to the immediate and church family of the Warrens. No parent should have to bury a child . This is heartbreaking! May this young man have the peace he so desired.

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  2. Thank you for posting. My phone went crazy this afternoon with people from our church wanting to know what was going on. We will join you in prayer for this family. I cannot imagine the grief.

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  3. In 1992 we had a son pass on after a year if intensive treatment for depressive illness. Our hearts reach out to you with many prayers for the Lord’s grace and infinite Love to get through this time — and the days ahead.

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