Depression is an insidious disease. It creeps in and steals lives. It destroys people, marriages, families. It is cruel. It is devastating. It is deadly. Depression is so much more than being down, being sad, being in a funk. It is a disease, a chemical imbalance in the brain.
It steals all the hope and replaces it with bleak, empty despair. It crushes those that it afflicts from the inside out. It tells them that there is no out. And they cannot help but listen. And then they drown in the lies being sold to them by their own brains. And, they are left in a bleak wasteland that seemingly has no outs. Their depression blinds them to the hope that is in the world. The hope that is in Jesus Christ.
This beast stole from my friends this week. It stole a husband, a father, a son. It stole a strong, wonderful man, who would do anything for anyone. It stole a good man, who loved his children, his wife, his parents and siblings. He found himself in a dark place where he saw no out other than death. And now, they are left trying to pick up the pieces. But how do you tell little ones that their daddy is gone?
They all need prayers. They all need help. They need love and assurance. They need so much right now. And my heart just breaks for them. God bless them all.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39