The Christmas Depression
The month of December is a time of frenetic activity. We have neared the end of the year. I don’t know what you have been through but most of us have been through something but the key phrase is “you went through”. You may still have a little residue of your challenge on your person but because you got over you know that God has been good.
This is the time of year when we use to say Christmas time. We would say it feels Christmassy. Now we say it is the Holidays. This is the time of year when we should be saying thank you for Jesus. Thank you God for all you have done for me and all you have done for mine. Instead we are focusing our attentions on ourselves. We eat, drink and participate in all kinds of bacchanalia in an attempt to be merry. We indulge our whims, feed our faces, gratify our senses and delight our flesh.
With all of this merriment going on for some it is a time of isolation and an increase in feelings of depression. Statistics indicate that there is a greater incidence of suicide during this Holiday time of year than at any other time. Young people are taking their lives and the lives of others more at this time of year than at any other time. There are masses of worried, confused, unhappy people suffering from depression, not because it is Christmas but because they are unhappy with their lives.
People are trying but they can’t figure a way out and don’t know which way to go. So People both young and old look for the high wherever it may be found because they don’t like the person who looks back at them from the mirror. With all of their personal aggravation and irritation they vent their frustrations on others. So who do they blame? Anyone that they can blame except the person who should be blamed…themselves.
Are you trying to find relief, searching, exploring, but looking in all the wrong places. Today I came to tell you that this is a time of hope. Look to the hills, Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Keep your mind stayed on Jesus.
Rev. Olivia T. Hines