Dec. 2, 2014

Just stop and believe!

Every year, around October, before the holidays really begin, I find myself a bit down. It’s nothing major, but it’s not the same me either. I don’t want to be out as much, the nights come earlier, so does my bedtime, or at least my relax time- which is really my way of saying, I’m not getting my household chores done, I’m not getting many things done that I should! I smile less, I get quieter, and my mind feels like weights are holding it firmly planted in this realm of mediocre existence.

Holiday depression is a real part of life for many. We are bombarded by the happy and cheery families that greet us on television, social media and print. Yet, we can’t join in that expression of good cheer; no matter how hard we try. It is different for each of us, but it’s similar as well.

For some, depression is depression year round. It doesn’t accelerate, deepen or change at any time of the year. We can read statistics that tell us suicide tends to increase during the holidays. The point is suicide happens at any given time, during any given month.

While my answers are firmly rooted in the Word of God, my mind and my heart know the difficulty one has clinging to those words in their darkest times. Still, that’s what I have to offer. God’s Word is meant for the broken. God’s Word is available to those shattered in heart. Not only is God prepared to minister to that heart, but He fully intends to use the broken. I am the broken, you are the broken. We are the broken. He knows your name, He knows your pain, but our God is bigger than that pain!

We don’t have to be uncomfortably seated in the pit of darkness during these days, we have a life raft. Jesus came to give you life, in every way.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:1-6

The beginning to your journey out of darkness is to believe in the light. Believe in Jesus Christ! He is the way, the truth and the life! Do not be troubled. Start with belief and watch what God can do.