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Years ago, I suffered with chronic depression (resulting in multiple hospitalizations); therefore, I understand some of what you’re experiencing. Yet, I can’t know everything you’re going though because I’m not you.
But having come out of the darkness and hopelessness that depression brings, I want to share a few thoughts.
First, don’t believe the lie that no one cares, even though people often say all the wrong things and lose patience with your time table for overcoming depression. Believe me, they don’t mean to be insensitive. Even with my background, I regretfully fall short when dealing with the longevity of someone else’s depression.
However, I’d like to suggest something you’ve probably heard before, especially from your church friends. When you heard it, you probably felt (just as I used to) that they were minimizing your pain.
But given that friends and family aren’t able to provide what you need at this time (as much as they would like to), consider going to Someone Who is bigger than your depression.
Cry out to your heavenly Father – even if you’ve tried it before, more times than you can count. Tell Him about your sadness, disappointments and fears. Tell Him you’re scared that you’ll never get better and that you’ve already worn out everyone around you. And consider memorizing or meditating on this week's verse:
Hebrews 4:16 (NIV 1984)
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
You can find relief in the fact that God is fully aware of your reality and will listen, for as long as you need Him to. You can’t wear Him out. Rather, He longs to tell you He loves you, even now.
Remain in His presence a long, long time. Ask for His help. Focusing on Him will help displace some of the darkness.
There is hope. You will survive depression; indeed, you will come out of it. I pray it begins now.
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