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On hope and healing

Psalms 147:3 says “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” I like this because knowing that God is there when I need him the most is very comforting. I say this because there is something I like about that I have been dealing with for basically my whole life. And that is depression.

Depression can be a very damaging thing to have to deal with throughout our lives. Many people in the world have struggled with it.

I had mentioned in a previous column that I have Cerebral Palsy and Scoliosis from birth defects. It is one of the key reasons I struggle with depression.

Sadly, many others are going through the same struggles with mental health issues and unfortunately, not everyone will notice the signs. In fact, many people who deal with depression aren’t your typical sad face, quiet shy kind of person. Some are the ones who are always smiling, happy-go-lucky people who you never expect.

Needless to say, depression is a terrible thing for anyone to deal with. The empty feelings inside, the thoughts racing through your mind. It can be more tiring than people want to admit because others tell them, its just all in their heads, you worry too much.

I have heard it all before and there are many others who also have heard all of this before. There is truth some to that, but, having been dealing with mental health myself, I can honestly tell you guys it is easier said than done.

People have a tough time, noticing the triggers that put people in the state mind and not all of which are same. What could cause me to get into a funk maybe different than someone else.

But I can also honestly say, the Lord has been there for me through and through. As in Psalm 9:9 “The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.”

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, back in the 2019, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States and have claimed the lives of over 47,500 people.

Suicide was the second leading cause of death among indivduals between the ages of 10 and 34 and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 44.

There were nearly two and a half times as many suicides (47,511) in the United States as there were homicides (19,141).

It scares me because I hate seeing people suffer, especially these last few years. The feeling of being alone, isolated, not really sure who you can trust, not sure if anyone out there understands you, the uncertainty of the future. But fear not, for God understands and know that he has a plan for you. As in Psalm 139:13-14 says “For you formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

I encourage people who are struggling with depression and other forms of mental health to turn to God. Its understandable that it is difficult to talk about it with other people. But the Lord will never turn you away, pray to Him, you will be amazed. He may answer it in your dreams, He may have someone come into your life that can help you open up. Trust in the Lord.

Just know there is help out there. If you need to, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. They provide 24/7, free and confidential support for you or your loved ones.

God Bless you guys and be safe out there.

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