Isaiah 61:1-6The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners . . .
Feeling attacked today! My entire family awoke with some sort of physical ailment, my husband’s the most serious. What is it about our family that makes the enemy is so oppressive? Is that I’m talking to you? Is it that we are taking a stand against his demonic forces? Is he that threatened by hope, by you readers turning your own pages!?
If Satan (he who shall not be named), the enemy of all that God has created can grasp us in the pit of despair, especially our children, what chain reaction does he cause? As I study depression I see again and again the path of men and women who chose to offer hope. Abraham Lincoln suffered with debilitating headaches, struggled with depression, abuse, and incredible loss. Yet he chose to turn his page again and again. “A tendency to melancholy . . . let it be observed, is a misfortune not a fault.” He writes to a friend. Winston Churchill called his depression the “black dog”.
We are in a dangerous place when we turn from fighting for life to assisting death. Death will come, none of us can stop that, but as I drove home the other night, with the darkest of thoughts hounding my broken heart, a single thought shimmered in my darkness. What does living do, that dying does not? Living means my children smile another day, living means I write these words to you and offer hope in the midst of your darkest moments. Living means I shout from whatever platform that I am given. “I will not go quietly into the night!” So I turn the page.
Today is hard, but you, Lord, give me enough to be present with my husband and children. To comfort them, to bind their wounds, and offer hope to those plagued by darkness. There is a declaration, a painting, war that needs ended, and a soul that needs hope. You, reader, are that person. Keep turning your page.