Is your depression messing with “the happiest season of all”?
If you’re dealing with depression, whether it’s caused by devastating circumstances or a chronic emotional struggle, this may be a sad holiday season for you.
But I want to assure you that you can find all the grace you need by going to your powerful and loving heavenly Father as often as you need to – just as I have – so many times.
Years ago, I suffered from chronic depression, so I understand some of what you’re experiencing. I can’t know everything you’re going through, but I know firsthand the darkness and hopelessness that depression brings. I’d like to share a few thoughts.
First, don’t believe the lie that no one cares, even though people say all the wrong things and lose patience with your timetable for overcoming depression. They don’t mean to be insensitive.
Second, if you’re clinically depressed, get professional help – biblically-based, if possible.
Third, I’d like to suggest something you’ve probably heard before, especially from your church friends: Pray.
If someone has already recommended prayer, you’ve probably felt frustrated. Maybe you’ve already been praying – and praying and praying. But since friends and family can’t provide what you need at this time (as much as they’d like to), consider going, once again, to Someone Who is bigger than your depression.