Rick Warren is asking for your prayers this Easter as he and his family remember his son, who killed himself two years ago Sunday.

In a message to his staff, Warren opened up about why he called the week before April 5, 2013, “The Battle for Hope.”

“On this Easter week two years ago, my son Matthew ended his life, and his 27 year battle with mental illness,” he writes. “That day, April 5th, coming 5 days after Easter, was the worst day of my life. I called that week ‘The Battle For Hope’ because each day that week we launched a different hope initiative, and then on Friday Matthew died.”

The fact that Easter is the anniversary of Matthew’s death is a hard one for Warren. While he normally would rather cherish the family he still has, his calling asks more of him, to put aside himself and focus on the gospel.

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