Several people have said to me, that they don’t know how they’ll cope now the days are shorter and the skies are grey. Many individuals at this time of year suffer with Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD). Then there are the effects of the social isolation we have endured this past year: all this doesn’t help those who suffer from anxiety. Now the long nights are with us, more of us are feeling tired and gloomy like the sky outside.
Some people think that Christians ought not to feel this way as they always have God to turn to. That is rather too simplistic.
Look through the Bible and you will find many men and women who suffered depression and anxiety and even questioned God’s existence, as they felt so cut off from Him and other people in that emotional state.
The Psalmist cries out “O God my rock,” “Why have You forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?” (Psalm 42:9)
The prophet Elijah says. “I have had enough, Lord,” “Take my life.” (1 Kings 19:4)
It’s helpful for us to remember that however much you may feel cut off from God, the Holy Spirit – the living presence of God, is still within you and you are not alone.
I love this verse – one often read at funerals when people are feeling at their lowest: “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow; not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” (Romans 8:38)
Seeking the help of others is important too, share how you feel with friends and family and if things seem worse, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.