“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.” vs. 1
So what shall we do when we’re down and life seems to be closing in on us? It’s a situation that all of us face from time to time, and one that some deal with on an almost daily basis. The darkness of those moments is overwhelming and it’s hard to make wise decisions. Our well-meaning friends may offer advice or prescribe possible solutions, but often they don’t grasp the depth of the depression. Sometimes we don’t even know why we’re feeling so bad and struggle to make explanations. All we know is that we’re in a dark place…and it’s no fun being there. That’s where the psalmist was all those centuries ago and he didn’t like being there either. In his pain he shouted out to the Lord, knowing that in God he would find both forgiveness and unconditional love. Evidently he knew from experience that those were the two things he needed to be lifted up and restored. That’s still how it works for us. When depression strikes we don’t need lectures about how good life is and how we should be grateful. We don’t need to be told to snap out of it or to get outside and take a walk, though that’s never a bad thing to do. What we need to know is that we are loved unconditionally and that God’s forgiveness knows no limits. And we don’t even need to cheer up to be forgiven or loved! And some days that’s the best news ever!
Thought for the Day: What do I do when I’m down?