After Suicide: What We Needed; What They Need

My name is Nick Watts.  On May 13, 2013, my son, Jordan, took his own life.  He was 19. NOTE: Should you be unfamiliar with my family's history with suicide you can click here. My public school presentation on Suicide Intervention lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes, among other points, everything from "becoming aware of … Continue reading After Suicide: What We Needed; What They Need

The Gospel According to Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

"I wear the chain I forged in life.... I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it." Jacob Marley The quote cited above, of course, is from Charles Dickens' beloved story, A Christmas Carol - a story … Continue reading The Gospel According to Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

Hope on the Rock(s)

My spirit is crushed,….Where then is my hope?” Job 17:1, 15 “My spirit is crushed,….Where then is my hope?”  Honest statement.  Honest question. It’s one of the reasons I love reading the Bible.  It’s unsanitized, unedited, raw, and brutally honest. When Job made his statement, and asked his question, he had recently buried all ten … Continue reading Hope on the Rock(s)

Suicide and the Bible – Part 2 of 2

After recently reading my  original blog, Suicide and the Bible,  a reader kindly asked a common question: I was reading your "Suicide and the Bible"..and I just have a question. I'm genuinely curious to know what you think about this. So you're saying nowhere in the Bible does it say suicide will send you to … Continue reading Suicide and the Bible – Part 2 of 2

Christ, Christmas & the Loss of a Child

Christmas, 2012, was the last time I helped decorate our tree. Since our 19 year old son, Jordan, died the following May, decorating the tree is something I/we have simply been unable to do. Our tree is not a "decorative showpiece" like you see so beautifully decorated in some homes. Almost every ornament on our … Continue reading Christ, Christmas & the Loss of a Child

Good Friday – Twenty Centuries Ago…

By Good Friday morning, the rooster has crowed, alerting Simon Peter to the fact that, just as Jesus predicted, he would deny Jesus not once, but three times. The other disciples have scattered in fear. Jesus has spent the entire night facing a very illegal, very hostile, kangaroo court designed to railroad him into a … Continue reading Good Friday – Twenty Centuries Ago…