"Our friend died on his own battlefield.
He was killed in action fighting a civil war.
He fought against adversaries that were as real to him
as his casket is real to us. They were powerful adversaries.
They took toll of his energies and endurance.
They exhausted the last vestiges of his courage and strength.
At last these adversaries overwhelmed him.
And it appeared the he lost the war. But did he?
I see a host of victories that he has won!
For one thing-he has won our admiration-because even if he lost the war, we give him credit for his bravery on the battlefield.
And we give him credit for the courage and pride and hope
that he used as weapons as long as he could.
We shall remember not his death, but his daily victories
gained through his kindness and thoughtfulness,
through his love for family and friends, for animals and books and music, for all things beautiful, lovely and honorable.
We shall remember the many days that he was victorious over overwhelming odds. We shall remember not the years we thought he had left, but the intensity with which he lived the years he had!
Only God knows what this child of his suffered
in silent skirmishes that took place in his soul.
But our consolation is that God does know,
Written by Reverend Warren Stevens
Read at the funeral of a friend who had taken his own life
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