Depression can strike anyone, even Christians

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With all the focus being placed on depression lately due to the suicide of popular comedian Robin Williams, it makes many of us wonder what it takes to bring true happiness. Depression can strike anyone. Everyone feels sad sometimes but depression is more than sadness, it is complete hopelessness and deep despair.

Contrary to what some may believe, depression affects Christians as well. It may seem like a Christian is the last person that should be affected by depression but there are times when life and circumstances can seem overwhelming and we may feel like there is no hope. What we feel and what is reality are actually two different things. This is because God is always near us especially in our darkest times.

In the poem, Footprints, the poet dreams of walking along the beach with Jesus and seeing scenes from her life. The poet notices that during calm periods in the walk of life, there were always two sets of footprints in the sand. Those footprints belonged to the poet and Jesus. However, during times of deep trouble, the poet despaired that there was only one set of footprints in the sand. Jesus told the poet that the one set of footprints in the sand were actually made by him while he was carrying her. When we are in the throes of despair, Jesus doesn’t walk beside us, he carries us.

The Psalmist David knew about depression in Psalm 23: 4, he writes, ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.’ Here circumstances that cause intense grief, suffering and depression are referred to as the valley of the shadow of death. Depression funneled by hopelessness has caused so many to take their lives it would seem that David describes it perfectly.

Jesus was not immune to depression, he knew what he was about to face on the cross and scripture tells us that he retired to the Garden of Gethsemane in order to pray. Before beginning his prayer vigil he is quoted as saying in Matthew 26: 38, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death’. Isn’t this the same valley of the shadow of death that David also spoke of? Jesus became so distressed that his sweat became drops of blood.

What a joy it is to know that even the savior of the world could feel this level of despair. He took on human form and understands all things. The Bible speaks about not feeling anxious about anything and releasing our mind from burdensome thoughts about what we will eat, drink or wear. It tells us that God feeds and clothes the birds of the air and about how much more he will do for his children.

Anxiety and depression walk hand in hand, the only way to conquer them is to realize that there really never is any reason to despair not when the creator is walking with us. David said, ‘thy rod and thy staff they comfort me’. Jesus received ministering angels in the garden of Gethsemane to ease his sorrow. The comfort given to David and Jesus is also freely given to us. We can be sure that in the most troublesome times there will only be one set of footprints in the sand.

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About Jesus is a safe harbor

I am a follower of Jesus. I am a grateful delivered woman who was once an addict, but now God has restored me and renewed me. I have been redeemed and remade by our Creator through salvation of His Son, Jesus Christ! I just want to share what God has done in my life that you may have the opportunity to experience the same joy He gave me. I give God all the glory for everything in my life for I couldn't accomplish anything apart from Him. If ye shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free, John 8:32. He puts people in my life that help me and gives me the opportunity to help another. I am never surprised by his love and blessings. God has placed a confidence and love in myself that I have never had before… so "Thank you God".. for the many True Blue Christians you have put in my life and for all the blessings you bestow on me daily. I have not come this far without lots of prayers and the help and love of my true friends and family and I thank you God for those special people in my life. You are 100% my Savior! I will forever have your name on my lips. I realize now with lots of prayer and reading of the Word… that all the answers were here for me and I never asked the questions. Although I still struggle daily with other life’s daily cards that are dealt, I have an attitude now of “NO MATTER WHAT “– I will praise You, Lord~~~through my storms and my triumphs! I have much more to share and would love to answer any questions anyone may have for through all my trials what has come to be is that I want to help others to see what I didn’t see and hopefully prevent the same hurts, guilt, shame and woes that I had to deal with and give them the best gift of all… JESUS! I believe it's important that we know who we are in God ... We are a one of a kind and God has made us like no other for a purpose- His purpose. Yes, bad things happen and yes, we make poor choices, but we don't have to continue to make them. God's mercies are new each day. Once we realize, know and most importantly believe who we are in Christ, that we are a child of God, we are not an accident, and whatever the circumstances before us each day no matter what they are... God gives us the choice and the power of Him to choose right and live right. We no longer have to live in the past, but in the present and look with expectation to the future with God by our side guiding us and directing our steps. He is our strength and our hope needs to reside in Him. Let his power and love work in your life today and see that life does not have to be the way you are living now. He wants to help you, but you have to let him. He can't make us come to him, he is not lost - WE ARE! Please share this blog with others to encourage them for the glory of God!
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2 Responses to Depression can strike anyone, even Christians

  1. I have a friend who was a faithful christian. We served together in church and belonged to the same small group. Then his family fell apart, his wife left him, his dad passed away, he lost his house and his job. The depression that followed pulled him away from church and even his friends. It was so sad.

    We have to pray for the protection of the hearts and minds of those who are battling depression.

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    • Jesus is a safe harbor says:

      Amen! We sure do my friend. The devil is out to destroy us all! We have to defeat him with love and prayers for others! God bless you!

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