Let’s wrap up our week together by talking a bit more about depression. More specifically, about extending grace and compassion to the depressed. Some things are just hard to understand; depression is one of them. Sometimes it’s an illness; other times it’s a season of life. Sometimes it’s organic; sometimes it’s spiritual (or both). But it’s never easy. If you’ve been there (or are there), you know. You may look fine, but you don’t feel fine; you haven’t found a way to do that yet. Please know that God cares. So do I. Don’t give up.
I’m clapping and cheering today for those who sit alongside the depressed. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote, “I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.”
Know something? Jesus could’ve written that… to you. Sometimes we don’t need reasons for our suffering as much as we need people who love us. I don’t know all the answers. I don’t even know most of them. But I do know how to be honest with myself and with God. I hope you do too. I tell God how I feel, no strings attached. You must do the same. He will hug you when you’re done.
Every emotion that is in us… is in Him. We’re made in His image. Jesus wept in the Garden. He was helpless and afraid. He begged God to take away the Cross. That means He understands. He wants to hear from you today. Talk to Him. Listening is His way of saying, “I love you so much.”