Depression: Be Strong in the Lord
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Some days, I feel strong in the Lord. I am confident that his Spirit is guiding and empowering me. I walk in victory. I feel golden. Nothing is impossible with God.
Today is not one of those days. In fact, it’s been awhile since I had one. And I could really use one. Today, the only thing I’m confident of is how weak I am. I am battle-weary. The last few months my elderly mother has endured three surgeries; including the amputation of her only leg. (She had already lost the other leg to diabetes.) Her world has turned upside down. She lost her independence, her strength, her husband’s constant presence, and her home. The air around her is heavy with grief. As I helplessly witness her agony, I ask, “Where are you, God, in all of this?” Right now, it’s hard to find him. I know God is good, but it does not feel like it today.
Be my strength today, dear Lord. I need you. Though I cannot see you in my circumstances, I know you are here. You are always with me. You will never leave me or my mom. By faith, I praise you for the light you will bring from this darkness and the beauty you will raise up out of these ashes. Amen.
Update: God answered that prayer. One year later, mom is much better. She has more good days than bad. She and my father now live together in a skilled nursing facility. Still very much in love, my parents were voted the 2012 Valentine's Day King and Queen by the residents and staff at their facility.
|Beauty from Ashes
Take it further …
- Listen to “Beauty from Ashes” by Crystal Lewis and Ron Kenoly.
- Are you struggling with depression? See the resources listed after last week’s blog “Depression: Keep Me in My Right Mind.”