via: The Christian Post
Church Members Told to ‘Weep Together’
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Saddleback Church members took their first step towards healing after learning the previous day from Pastor Rick Warren that his son had committed suicide: they wept together.
Already scheduled to preach the weekend services before the tragedy occurred, Associate Senior Pastor Tom Holladay, who is Warren’s brother-in-law and often considered his right-hand man, told those attending church services Sunday morning that he had been asked to talk about a book that the lead pastor had been reading.
“[Warren] said ‘there’s this little book I’ve been reading and I would like you to talk to the church about this book – the points that are in this book – and the name of the book is How to Survive the Worst Day of Your Life‘,” Holladay explained to an overflow crowd of more than 3,500 and to those watching online.
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“We have a pastor with a certain kind of spiritual sensitivity to us and the Lord, so even before they (Warren’s family) knew what was happening this is the message he wanted to be passed along to us this weekend,” he said. “So, I’m just going to pass it along.”
Warren’s 27-year-old son, Matthew, took his own life after a lifelong struggle with mental illness on Friday at his home in Mission Viejo, the well-known Christian leader at the Lake Forest, Calif.-based church announced early Saturday morning. The coroner’s office for Orange County has not released the cause and manner of death pending an autopsy.
“No words can express the anguished grief we feel right now,” wrote Warren in an email to church members.
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