This time of year is filled with hope and joy. A wonderful season for self reflection and anticipation for celebrating Christmas. It’s also a time of year many feel isolated and depressed. I try very hard to avoid talking about sad feelings, but alas, the elephant in the room must be addressed. Depression. If depression is left untreated, it can lead to physical illness and even lead to suicide. Sharing is caring. It’s true. Please, if you or someone you know, is filled with sorrow due to a loss of a loved one, please reach out to them. Make time to meet up and just be present. No words needed. No advice. Just being there helps. Or perhaps they haven’t lost a loved one, he or she is just feeling the weight of the world’s sorrows on their shoulders and now have spiraled downward into a low state of mind. Again, reach out and let them know how much you care. My challenge to you (and me) today: text that someone who’s been on your mind and offer a heart emoji. Reach out. It not only will help them to open up about their sadness, but it will help you as well.
Psalm 34:18. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.