“8-Track Tapes and Death (Suicide)”

Once again there really isn’t a “So what do you think?” for the day’s post…at least not in the sense of “Do you agree or disagree?” This seems to happen more often with “Flamethrower Mommy and Ghost Dad.”

If you’ve followed Nickel Boy Graphics for a while now, you know that there are some serious things going on in the young life of Caleb Joseph. Not only is there the almost constant criticism from Flamethrower Mommy but there is also something going on with his Not Real Daddy that makes him ashamed to shake the hand of his pastor.

This post is mostly just a recognition of all the pain young people (and grown up people) have felt for whatever reason. Sometimes we can tell that there is something troubling someone, but many times we can’t. I think it is up to all of us to do what we can to be aware and to be watchful.

My heart truly grieves today for everyone who has contemplated suicide and for everyone who has dealt with the suicide of a friend or family member. I also don’t want to overlook the “little suicides” like driving a bit too recklessly and unhealthy things like starving ourselves and cutting ourselves, and drugging ourselves.

From my perspective, I don’t believe the answer is to be “The Best and Most Perfect Christian Family Ever” or even “Being Nice To People You Wish Were Dead.” Yet there are elements in what Jesus taught and showed us that have a great deal of value in helping to make the prevention of suicide something that we work on together.

Perhaps with today being Sunday, the time where we share bread and wine and remember Jesus and how we are His Body here on earth right now today (Communion, Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, whatever you may call it)…perhaps we can renew our commitment to support, love, care for, and attend to the other members of Christ’s body who are hurting and in pain? Particularly the youngest and at greatest risk? And everyone who is a “whosoever”?

My prayer is that suicide will be a forgotten thing of the past, just like 8-track tapes.

4 thoughts on ““8-Track Tapes and Death (Suicide)”

  1. Yes! It is so important to listen to our children, and I mean all of them, not just the ones we share DNA. They are learning their autonomy and how to communicate, trust, and cope, I make a commitment to kindness and open my eyes and heart to what God shows me so I can be available every day. You know it’s even stronger knowing we, children of God, make the commitment together!
    Thank you!

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  2. I’ve had three cousins kill themselves. Two because of their childhood, one because her mother died when she was 5 or 6 and never got over it. I know God understands people who commit suicide and forgives them. They are in so much pain.

    The little boy in the comic is in terrible pain.

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    1. Yes, I definitely don’t believe that God condemns anyone who commits suicide (though I’ve heard some say that He does). To me, in situations like in this comic strip and like what you have described in your own family, it would be like condemning someone for being a passenger in a car wreck and then becoming paralyzed or losing an arm or a leg as a result. They didn’t cause the car wreck or the results. Hopefully this comic strip and comments like yours will make people more aware and watchful. Thanks, Belle.

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