This year has been, as my mental health coach likes to say, a gnarly roller coaster ride of a year. In particular, I want to reflect back on how music has been integral throughout this year.
This guest article is contributed by Brandon Trlak, lead singer of The Midnight Wedding. "Kill Me" is the band's latest single, a song that takes us into Brandon's deeply personal struggle with suicidal depression.
Hayley Williams is one voice in what I believe is a growing conversation: what happens when the emo kids grow up?
Our heart to those who have personally struggled with suicide is that it is tough right now, there's no denying that. However, it gets better. I think as teenagers and young adult its hard to see just how big the world is. We get so narrow focused on what's right in front of us that we can't even comprehend that we'll ever get past this. But suicide ends the possibility that it'll get better and doesn't allow us to trust the Lord to use us and teach us through those dark times.
In the Bible, James 1 reminds us to be slow to speak and quick to listen. These words are a lifetime challenge, one that I’ve been wrestling with since growing up in a Christian conservative household. As I grow in age and gain wisdom, these words have taught me that by taking time to listen [...]