Stages of Depression Can Mirror the Stages of Bereavement

The stages of depression and the stages of bereavement are sometimes very similar.  This is particularly true when the cause of the depression is a major loss to a man, woman, or child.  In fact, with such a reactive depression one could argue that the depression IS the mourning of a serious loss.  The stages […]

Managing Depression: Thank God for Technology

When we speak of managing depression it usually refers to a clinical depression that is has been around for a long time.  There are various kinds of depression that are either long term due to trauma or due to hereditary factors.  For example, bipolar depression comes and goes during a person’s life.  The “treatment” involves […]

Male Depression is Often Looks More Like Stressed-Out Rage Than Sadness

Male depression is much more frequent than most people realize.   Here are a few of my thoughts about why male depression is often overlooked.  First, men don’t stop and ask for directions.  Joking aside, men often can’t get their mind around using resources like therapy until they are deep inside the suicidal zone.  Second, depression […]

Loneliness and Depression: It Feels Like You Are From Another Planet

Christians who suffer from clinical depression often experience loneliness and depression together in tight fellowship.   Why is this?  One reason is that depression itself makes a person feel disconnected.  Big crowd loneliness and depression creates a feeling of not belonging.  People in the church are attracted to movers and the shakers.  When you are depressed […]

Living with Depression: Love is Impatient?

A wife living with a depressed husband is a woman living with depression.  It may not be hers, but she is living with it all the same.  Similarly, children living with a depressed mom are living with depression.  It’s true that a person contemplating suicide greatly minimizes the wreckage that will be created in the […]

Old Fashioned Hymn: Simple, But Profound

He Leadeth Me by Joseph Gilmore (music by William B. Bradbury)   He leadeth me! O blessed thought! O words with heav’nly comfort fraught! Whate’er I do, where’er I be, Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me! He leadeth me, He leadeth me! By His own hand he leadeth me: His faithful foll’wer I would […]

How to Pray a Blessing Upon Your Children

Here is a prayer to read out loud from your heart when you don’t know how to pray for your kids. It was written by Jeremy Taylor: Bless my children with healthy bodies, with good minds, with the graces and gifts of your Spirit, with sweet dispositions and holy habits, and sanctify them throughout their […]

Biblical Quotes for Lent: Reflections on Ash Wednesday

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent.  Up until recent years I never paid any attention to the Christian tradition of Lent.  Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter when Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  Lent begins with Ash Wednesday in order to […]

Augustine’s Prayer of Thoughtful Wonder: “To Praise You is Our Souls’ Delight”

Augustine shows us how to pray when we feel God’s presence and when we don’t: O Lord in whom all things live, who commanded us to seek you, who are always ready to be found: to know you is life, to serve you is freedom, to praise you is our souls’ delight We bless you […]

A Prayer Asking God to Live in Us

This is a prayer from the Book of Hours in the 16th century: God be in my head, and in my  understanding; God be in my eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; God be in my end, and […]