We Are God’s Roadblock To Depression

It has been promoted & has pretty much become common knowledge that during the latter holidays of a year on towards the first few days a new calendar year, basically from Thanksgiving to New Year, more people suffer from the mood disorder known as depression than any other segment of the year. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 350 million people around the world suffer from this dreaded disease. It is also because of this very real disorder that attempted & successful suicides soar during this time of year. Most who encounter it feel like it is a passing season in their life & that they can outrun or handle it on their own. However, it is a very complex psychological state that imposes many physiological effects on the sufferer & prevents them from being able to function properly and/or routinely.

Let me say from the outset that I believe in the miracle-working power of God & His ability to unequivocally heal any individual overwhelmed with the clouds that depression brings. However, it has been my experience that the majority of the people that I have seen endure & overcome depression most have overcome the hopelessness of depressive despair by working & drawing strength through the resources of an outside source. Some of the things that I have found to help are:

  1. Talking with your pastor, doctor or a licensed counselor
  2. Attending regular church & worship services
  3. Releasing grudges & forgiving those who have hurt you
  4. Building a consistent prayer life
  5. Maintaining a personal relationship with the Word of God
  6. Reducing the stress (& drama) in your life

For those of us who have dealt with or know the reality of what it means to suffer with the gloominess of this very real illness, we also know that those who are hurting usually never ask for help or advice. Whether it is out of pride, denial or ‘simply not wanting to bother anyone with their problems’, the seriousness of the outcome can be the same. So the purpose of this article is to help educate & remind everyone to be on the lookout for those around you who may be suffering. Here are ten common warning signs:

  1. Continual sadness
  2. An attitude of self-loathing
  3. Loss of interest in activities
  4. Irritability & isolationism
  5. Anxiety
  6. Loss of energy
  7. Disturbed sleep patterns
  8. Changes in appetite or body weight
  9. Uncommon reckless behavior
  10. Suicidal tendencies

If you’re suffering from depression, please contact any of your ASR Chaplains. We would all be happy to talk to you & help you through the effects of this issue. You are not alone.

For the rest of those reading this article, during this Christmas & holiday season, please listen & pay attention to those around you. Your intervention & gentle words of encouragement may not just save a soul. It may save a life.

Evangelist Robert E. Eades

ASR National Chaplain

(502) 750-2174 (call or text)


An Interesting Question…

This evening, we had the privilege to sing at a local event here in Eminence, KY. There were several performers present that represented talent from all over our entire county. One of those little ‘performers,’ was the granddaughter of a dear friend of mine who read the following short writing.

While it was being read, it introduced an interesting question & posed a sobering point-of-view that I wanted to share with you. I apologize to the writer, but I can find no author to credit. Let it provoke you to find ways to include Jesus…the Reason for the Season…in all of your Christmas festivities.

I had a dream Joseph. I don’t understand it, not really, but I think it was about a birthday celebration for our son. I think that was what it was all about. The people had been preparing for it for about six weeks. They had decorated the house & bought elaborate gifts. It was peculiar, though because the presents weren’t for our son. They wrapped them in beautiful paper & tied them with lovely bows & stacked them under a tree. Yes, Joseph, a tree…right in their house. They’d decorated the tree also. The branches were full of glowing balls & sparkling ornaments. There was a figure on top of the tree. It looked like what an angel might look. Oh it was beautiful. Everyone was laughing & happy. They were all excited about the gifts. They gave the gifts to each other, Joseph, not to our son. I don’t think they even knew Him. They never mentioned His name. Doesn’t it seem odd for people to go to all that trouble to celebrate someone’s birthday if they don’t know Him? I had the strangest feeling that if our son had gone to this celebration, He would have been intruding. Everything was so beautiful, Joseph, & everyone so full of cheer, but it made me want to cry. How sad for Jesus not to be wanted at His own birthday celebration. I’m glad it was only a dream. Joseph, how terrible if it had been real?

Be blessed!

Rev. Robert E. Eades

ASR National Chaplain

(502) 750-2174 (call or text)