Christian Leaders Respond to The Death of Jarrid Wilson

**If you or someone you know is struggling, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at  1-800-273-8255**

 

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It is with the deepest sadness and shock that I have to report that @jarridwilson went to be with the Lord last night. At a time like this, there are just no words. The Bible says, “There is a time to mourn.” This is certainly that time. Jarrid is survived by his wife, @itsjuliwilson his two sons, Finch and Denham, his mother, father, and siblings. Jarrid loved the Lord and had a servant’s heart. He was vibrant, positive, and was always serving and helping others. Jarrid also repeatedly dealt with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles. He wanted to especially help those who were dealing with suicidal thoughts. Tragically, Jarrid took his own life. Jarrid joined us as an associate pastor at Harvest 18 months ago and had spoken out many times on this very issue of mental health. Jarrid and his wife, Juli, founded an outreach to help people dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts called “Anthem of Hope.” Sometimes people may think that as pastors or spiritual leaders we are somehow above the pain and struggles of everyday people. We are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. But we do not. At the end of the day, pastors are just people who need to reach out to God for His help and strength, each and every day. Over the years, I have found that people speak out about what they struggle with the most. One dark moment in a Christian’s life cannot undo what Christ did for us on the cross. Romans reminds us that “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:39). At times like this, we must remember that as Christians, we do not live on explanations but on promises. We fall back on what we do know, not on what we don’t know. We do know that Jarrid put his faith in Jesus Christ and we also know that he is in Heaven now. We stand on the promise of Revelation 21:4 that reminds us that in Heaven there is no more sorrow, suffering, or death. Please keep Juli and Jarrid’s family in prayer. The Harvest family has lost a bright light. Pray for us as we grieve together. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help.

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This is Jarrid Wilson baptizing someone last Saturday. Look at the joy on both his and the young lady’s face that he baptized. This is how I remember Jarrid. Jarrid’s wife Juli posted these words about her husband- “My loving, giving, kind-hearted, encouraging, handsome, hilarious, give the shirt of his back husband went to be with Jesus late last night, Suicide doesn’t get the last word. I won’t let it. You always said “Hope Gets the last word. Jesus gets the last word.” I will be speaking on Jarrid’s life and legacy tonight at @harvestorg and tomorrow night at @harvestoc My message title is taken from something Jarrid often said- “Hope Get’s The Last Word!” I will be speaking on Jarrid’s life and legacy tonight at Harvest Riverside and tomorrow night at Harvest OC. My message title is taken from something Jarrid often said- “Hope Get’s The Last Word!” We will also welcome Kay Warren share with us. Kay and Rick Warren (Pastor of Saddleback Church) will be sharing in our service. They lost their son Matthew to suicide some years ago.

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So incredibly heart broken to turn on my phone and find out that we lost my buddy @jarridwilson today. As a leader/author/pastor/speaker Jarrid’s life impacted many thousands of people for the Kingdom Of God. We grieve along side his wife @itsjuliwilson, their children and all the family and friends walking through the valley of sorrow over this loss. Please join me in prayer for them. Thank you Jesus that there is eternal Hope in You! ////// If you are struggling with depression and/or thoughts of suicide you are not alone. There are many who love you, and want to help you and to walk along side you. Please call the National Suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 and talk to somebody. #anthemofhope

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Can’t sleep, so I’m watching this video over and over again . I took this on Monday evening around 7:30 pm at our son’s baseball practice. By 11:45 that night, my sweet husband was in the presence of Jesus. I love you, jarrid. I miss you beyond what my heart can stand. Thank you for loving our boys and I with the greatest passion and selflessness I’ve ever seen or felt in my entire life . I’d do anything for a hug from you right now. I keep hearing on repeat what you told me all day every single day, “gosh I frieking (how he always spelled it) love you.” Longing to be with you, longing to make you proud. The boys and I miss you so much. I frieking love you too. So much more than you could ever know. Wish I could tell you that right now. We all do .

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