You may have heard about a growing trend via USA Today or Huffington Post that is raising awareness of mental health issues: people are getting tattooed with a semicolon.
Why a semicolon?
According Amy Bleuel, founder of the faith-based Project Semicolon,
A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life…
Amen to that, Amy.
I can’t begin to count that ways that living in this world makes us want to put a period at the end of today. But I hear a reason for hope for today and tomorrow. I listen to a promise given to whoever will utterly depend on God,
I will never leave you nor forsake you.—Hebrews 13:5
This is what we call the gospel. It’s the good news we didn’t expect and don’t deserve. It’s the love of God He lavished on us through His Son, unexpectedly, undeservedly.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners [and needy, and broken, and desperate], Christ died for us.—Romans 5:8
Let God hold your days, each one. And at the end of them, at the end you don’t choose, you will find His promise true.
Dawn and I are staking our live on it. Millions through history have done the same.
Life is hard;
You feel alone;
You feel you have failed;
Someone abandoned you;
You were abused; betrayed; exploited;
The chemicals in your brain won’t come into balance;
You can’t escape that memory; that moment;
There is real hope for you, from God, in Christ, today.
You can read more about Amy’s life and hope here: Why Me God? Why My Testimony? – A Story of Hope in The Midst of Despair