Some who suffer have no gift to give. If suffering leads to suicide, no gift has been given.
If suffering leads to hopelessness and to giving up, no gift has been given.
If suffering leads to a sense of worthlessness and self blame, no gift has been given.
(Perhaps you know of exceptions.)
However, someone who has suffered or who is suffering can give hope to one who is trapped in a pit of despair. Someone who has been traumatized by rejection and ridicule can save the life of another victim.
Members of the LGBT community (and their churches and support groups) have saved lives and prevented suicides. Many who have suffered have given life and hope to those who are suffering. To some, this is their mission, even part of Christ’s mission.
Suffering is not a gift; however, because of suffering and then inner healing, some have become agents of healing. The LGBT community does this really well. It’s like seeing Jesus in action.
Our suicidal world
If the LGBT community is in the business of support, healing, and suicide prevention, then there is a bigger challenge. We live in a world that seems to be moving toward unintentional suicide. Changing the direction of that movement is complicated. It will require a movement and a community.
Who understands more about suicide that the LGBT community? Who is more open to change and diversity than the LGBT community? Can the LGBT community start this movement? Can it bring into the movement the faith communities that have been so hostile, yet are beginning to change?
If not us, who? If not now, when?
What do we need to learn about making the world safe and healthy?
What’s our next step? Who can help us?