Juli Wilson, wife of late associate pastor Jarrid Wilson, shared the Bible verse sustaining her in the wake of her husband taking his own life.
On Instagram, she revealed that her husband, who was 30 when he chose to end his life after a lifelong battle with depression and anxiety, had sent her a photo of Philippians 4:6-7 just months before his untimely death.
The verse reads: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
“Jarrid sent me this photo of this bible verse a few months ago while he was at work. It’s speaking to my heart tonight,” Juli captioned the photo.
Jarrid, most recently an associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, had been open about his mental health struggles and advocated for churches to help those who were hurting.
In 2016, the Wilsons founded Anthem of Hope, a mental health nonprofit that sought to amplify hope for those who are “battling brokenness, depression, anxiety, self-harm, addiction and suicide.”
Following her husband’s death, Juli said she “wouldn’t let” suicide “get the last word” and vowed to continue championing suicide prevention.
“You’re in the safest arms, my sweet jarrid. I am confused, completely heartbroken and jealous that you are face to face with our savior all in one. You are in HIS presence. What a glorious day that will be when we are all reunited at his feet together. Until then, he is holding on tight to the boys and I during these horribly dark days,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I have such a deep peace knowing he’s holding your hand right now too. I love you so much, babe. I miss you beyond words. I will continue to shout your anthem of hope until my very last breath,” she added, referencing the suicide prevention project.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett