My inner demons have been getting the better of me lately, so I am trying to fight back. This prayer comes from Saint Ignatius of Loyola: O Christ Jesus when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us to … Continue reading Prayer against the darkness
As I grapple with my own depression I am reminded that there is an already / not yet tension in the way the apostles spoke of salvation. They had witnessed the resurrection of Jesus, but the resurrection of the dead was still to come. They had witnessed the defeat of death, and yet the threat … Continue reading Contemplating salvation in the depths of depression
From the words received by John, the seer, in a vision: "Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place." (Revelation 2:5) When I find my heart hardening and my energy … Continue reading When everything falls dark and lifeless
Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. For I pray to you
When prayer seems impossible, simple prayers can be the best. Do any of you struggle with depression? What prayers do you find helpful?
From the American Association of Christian Counsellors: "Depression sucks the life out of more people—including Christians—than any other emotional issue. Perhaps you know what it’s like not to want to get out of bed in the morning to face the day… Or, to be so lonely that your skin screams out for a caring touch… … Continue reading Trusting God in Sadness