January 15, 2023 – I’m Depressed
To hide our mental health pain only deepens our struggle and drives us deeper into despair. Our suffering is evidence of our desperate need for a Savior and the reality of the broken state of humanity. However, to be in a place of vulnerability and disclose our struggle points to the cross and declares that we are not alone, discarded, isolated, or condemned. Rather, we are reconciled, received, and renewed as the possession of Christ who is our strength.
Psalm 22:1-11 1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? 2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. 3 Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. 4 In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. 5 To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. 6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; 8 “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!” 9 Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother's breasts. 10 On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother's womb you have been my God.11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.