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THE DARKNESS OF DEPRESSION

Kate Underwood & Wesley Overhults

Nothing major had triggered my spiral into darkness. I simply lost interest in things I had once loved. Expectations and fear weighed me down. I felt like a robot, trudging through my days, unable to focus on classes or friendships. I dreaded everything, snapped at everyone, and thought death might be better than the life I was leading. I felt I had failed somehow. I was supposed to be joyful in the Lord, but I felt empty inside.

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him.
Psalm 42:5a (NRSV)

When the future appears bleak, finding the light seems impossible. I looked around and wondered how other people could be so normal, energetic, happy.

The darkness didn’t lift instantly. It was a long process, guided by God. My roommate was incredibly patient; my family, understanding. I got away from my routine and spent time studying abroad. Above all, I heard God’s persistent voice, bringing light to the darkness.

—Kate Underwood

 

HEAR THE GOOD NEWS: You don’t have to walk through the darkness alone. You don’t need to stumble around, looking for light and landing in still darker places. Light shines in the darkness. Hope glimmers in hopelessness. You can lean on other people, and they will give you strength. You can lean on God. God is the light in the darkness.

—Wesley Overhults

—from devozine (March/April 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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