Monday night, hours before Christian Pastor Jarrid Wilson would take his own life on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day, Wilson, 30, asked for prayers as he got ready to officiate the funeral of a fellow Christian woman who had earlier taken her own life.
“Officiating a funeral for a Jesus-loving woman who took her own life today. Your prayers are greatly appreciated for the family,” he tweeted at 2:01 p.m.
About 15 minutes later, Saddleback Church co-founder, Kay Warren, thanked him for being willing to be the “arms of Jesus” for the family of the suicide victim.
“Praying, Jarrid. Her devastated family needs so much tenderness and compassion right now. Grateful for your willingness to be the arms of Jesus to them,” Warren tweeted at 2:16 p.m.
Wilson replied in just under two hours later to his fellow suicide prevention advocate saying “Thank you, Kay!”.
Wilson, who was an associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, was relentless in his advocacy through an organization called Anthem of Hope (http://anthemofhope.org/) that he founded with his wife, Juli, in 2016. Their “faith-centered” effort sought to amplify hope for those like himself who are “battling brokenness, depression, anxiety, self-harm, addiction and suicide.”
“Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure depression. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure PTSD. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure anxiety. But that doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t offer us companionship and comfort. He ALWAYS does that,” Wilson tweeted at 5:01 p.m. on Monday.
By 11:45 p.m. on Monday night, Wilson was dead, according to an Instagram post from his wife.
We continue to pray for the Wilson family.