Rick Warren appreciates sympathizers over closeness and prayers during his late son’s 10th-year memorial anniversary.
The senior pastor of Saddleback Church has expressed his gratitude over the concern shown by individuals during the commemoration of the 10th year anniversary of their late son.
In a Twitter statement on Saturday, Rick Warren, in appreciation to all who showed concern while commemorating his son’s death wrote “So thankful for all YOU who sent love & prayers last Wed on the 10th Ann. of our youngest son’s death to mental illness. While grieving, we’re blessed to be loved by so many of you around the world & God lets us use our tears to help others in pain almost daily”
Mathew Warren, the youngest son of Pastor Rick and Kay Warren committed suicide on 5th April 2013 at age 27. This however was after years of battling with mental illness.
“But only those closest knew that he struggled from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even suicidal thoughts. In spite of America’s best doctors, meds, counselors, and prayers for healing, the torture of mental illness never subsided. Today, after a fun evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.”
Rick Warren described Mathew to be responsible, smart, and compassionate. “he was an incredibly kind, gentle, and compassionate man. He had a brilliant intellect and a gift for sensing who was most in pain or most uncomfortable in a room. He’d then make a bee-line to that person to engage and encourage them” He wrote in the e-mail.
So thankful for all YOU who sent love & prayers last Wed on the 10th Ann. of our youngest son's death to mental illness. While grieving, we're #Blessed to be loved by so many of you around the world & God lets us use our tears to help others in pain almost daily.#EasterIsOurHope pic.twitter.com/X0kAnU7niV
— Rick Warren (@RickWarren) April 9, 2023