by Rob Weddle
“I feel it in the Earth. I smell it in the air.”
Galadriel, Lord of the Rings
Hopelessness, depression, anxiety, fear and suicide are growing, it seems. I feel it; can you feel it? Many who have never experienced such despairing emotions will admit they’re struggling. Hope is more difficult to unearth than it once was.
This blog is an attempt to speak LIFE into the death which seeks to overtake us all. I don’t mean to offend or be hyper-spiritual, but I have no hope outside of Jesus Christ, so it is in His name I come to you.
I pray the light of Christ invade your darkness, chasing away all blackness and shadows (John 1:5, I John 1:5).
I pray someone close to you helps you to see your WORTH today, as opposed to a supposed worthlessness.
I pray you find laughter in the most unlikely of places.
I pray you receive not one but multiple hugs today. You need that.
I pray the Lord show you how AMAZING you are.
I pray hope surround you like a warm blanket on a bone-chilly day.
I pray love protect you from the rain.
I pray you are comforted in your loneliness.
I pray your depression lifts, and God helps you see the sun (Son?) again.
I pray your anxiety slows, and then dissipates.
I pray that power, love and a sound mind chase away all your fear (II Timothy 1:7).
I pray the graceful hand of mercy lead you from the angry sea of self-hatred, and to the tranquil shores of serenity.
You are not the dissenting voices of your childhood.
You are not the abuses which haunt you at midnight.
You are a child of God, and He loves you.
Please be comforted by the following scriptural affirmations:
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” II Corinthians 1:3-4
“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what He has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1-3
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” I Peter 5:7
(Jesus said) “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“O my soul, why be so gloomy and discouraged? Trust in God! I shall again praise Him for his wondrous help; He will make me smile again, for He is my God!” Proverbs 43:5
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’” Matthew 11:28
“I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.” Psalm 34:4-5
“Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always.” Romans 12:12