Rick Warren, founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., announced in a letter today that his son, Matthew, 27, committed suicide.
In his letter, Warren wrote that “after a fun evening together with [wife] Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.” He also recalled a time years ago when Matthew asked him, “Dad, I know I’m going to heaven. Why can’t I just die and end this pain?”
— Louie Giglio (@louiegiglio) April 6, 2013
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) April 6, 2013
— T. D. Jakes (@BishopJakes) April 6, 2013
God, in the name of Jesus, please be with @rickwarren and his family during this time of horrible grief. Please comfort them.
— Monica Schleicher (@La_Coqui) April 6, 2013
What a morning for my church family. My heart is so heavy. Pray for @rickwarrenand our church leaders during this time of mourning.
— Malory Guenoune (@MaloryJo) April 6, 2013
Rick Warren’s 27-year-old son has committed suicide. What a tragic loss. May God’s comfort and peace rest on him and his family.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) April 6, 2013
Warren had sent this tweet earlier today.
We pray”Thy WILL be done on earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN’ since in heaven God’s Will is done #always. On earth,it’s done rarely
— Rick Warren (@RickWarren) April 6, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers too are with his family and friends.