Pastor Jarrid Wilson’s Church Hosts Service in His Honor

Pastor Jarrid Wilson's Church Hosts Service in His Honor

Church Where Pastor Jarrid Wilson Preached Before His Suicide Death Hosts Service in His Honor

“Sometimes people may think, as pastors or spiritual leaders, we are somehow above the pain and struggles of everyday people,” Pastor Greg Laurie said during the sermon

Pastor Jarrid Wilson‘s church, Harvest Christian Fellowship, is remembering the late spiritual leader with a service held in his honor.

The sermon, led by Senior Pastor Greg Laurie on Thursday, was titled “Hope Gets the Last Word!” — a phrase Jarrid lived by up until his death on Monday. He was 30.

His wife Juli explained in an Instagram post, announcing he had died by suicide, that the phrase was something Jarrid always said, adding that “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,’” Juli wrote.

During the service, which was attended by Jarrid’s father and brother as Juli watched online from home, Laurie shared that, “Sometimes people may think, as pastors or spiritual leaders, we are somehow above the pain and struggles of everyday life.”

“We’re supposed to be the ones that have all the answers, but we don’t. We’re all in the same boat,” Laurie continued.

“For those of you that knew Jarrid, you saw him on the platform full of energy, excited full of passion — always wanting to help everyone.”

Laurie explained but at the same time, Jarrid was in a lot of pain.

“He dealt with deep depression; it actually went back to his childhood and he was under a doctor’s care, and because this was such a struggle for Jarrid, he wanted to help others, who were also dealing with it.”

In 2016, Jarrid founded Anthem of Hope, a Christian organization dedicated to “amplifying hope for those battling brokenness, depression, anxiety, self-harm, addiction and suicide.”

Pastor Laurie went on to share what it was like to hear the news that Jarrid had taken his own life.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I was listening to a podcast by Chuck Swindoll and I happened to notice a few texts from my son Jonathan. He told me what had happened and I screamed. I yelled, ‘God no, no!’” Laurie said.

Laurie explained that depression is not something anyone should carry alone.

“If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, reach out to somebody, let them help you. There’s no shame in it,” he expressed.

“We need to have compassion for people who face this struggle,” Laurie continued. “Fill your mind with scripture and quote it to yourself. Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you,” he said of God.

“Hope has the last word, not suicide, not cancer, not depression, not death,” Laurie added.

Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts.

Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure depression.

Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure PTSD.

Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure anxiety.

But that doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t offer us companionship and comfort


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