Eyes sparkle with light. Ears hear joyous sounds. Happiness abounds, but what happens when it can’t penetrate the sadness surrounding our heart? What do we do when we’re held in depression’s grip during this season of light?
It seems as though the depression that accompanies us through the rest of the year can be ignored. We stay busy or push it away with the everyday-ness of life. But December is not an “every day” kind of month. It’s filled with extraordinary sights, scents, and sounds.
The contrast of what we see with our eyes and what we feel in our hearts confronts us. The unwelcome guest, Depression, makes her appearance and demands a seat at the table. She grows pushy and controlling. We grow uneasy and upset.
If you’re struggling with the contrast of the light around you and the darkness within you, I offer hope, encouragement, and the permission to feel. It is possible to enjoy Christmas in the midst of your season of depression.
- God is with you.
We sing to Emmanuel this time of year, and the reality of this goes beyond the babe in the manger— it lies in the fact that God is with you, directing your steps through the darkness. He is there to guide you and to guard you. Trust his shepherding heart for you.
There will be times in your life when it feels as though every shadow is about to devour you. You will wonder where God is in your desperate situation. You will question his presence in your life, and his goodness for leading you into this dark valley. Yet, as Psalm 23:4 states, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”