Saturday, November 15, 2008

Love and depression


"The Lord your God is with you,...he will quiet you with his love."
Zephaniah 3:17

Knowing that God loves us and that others love us is so important, and when we're depressed it becomes even more important. Love comforts us and heals us.

I can so identify with that little girl in this picture. I feel like I need to be comforted in the way this girl is being comforted. I'm such a child. Is it just me? Or do we all, at times in our lives, not need that kind of comfort?

Last night a friend told me she loved me. How good it was to be told that! And I told her I loved her too. And how good it was to be able to tell her that! We connected. And God was in that. God was with us in that. Through her I felt God's love.

This morning, though I'm still fragile, I feel God's love and comfort. What really helps is knowing I have people who care about me, people who support me. I'm very grateful for them - very grateful for God's love, expressed through them.

Today I'll be getting together with my son and going to Mom's old place to do some more cleaning up. Fill the car up once more with boxes. After today, we'll maybe need one more time out there. It will be so good to get all that done. Of course, now I have a huge collection of boxes at my house that will need to be sorted through. We're giving a lot away, yet there are family things that need to be kept. I need to find a place for them. Lots of work! And - if you're familiar with my blog - you'll know how poor I am about cleaning things up.

Being with my son today will be good. I don't get the chance very often. Perhaps we'll have time at the end of the day to visit Mom together. It has been a couple of days since I saw her and I long to visit again.

I hope you are all doing well and pray that you too will sense God's love for you today.

2 comments:

We said...

Marja,

I sure do understand the stress of cleaning out your mother's life! It is fatiguing, emotional and messy. For we who suffer from depression, it is overwhelming. And yet a privilege as well, one more look at your mother's life and what it has meant to you, and what it must have meant to her. I am glad for you that she is closeby now. Those long drives are hard, when we have so little extra energy to give to anything... sometimes even ourselves.
Wendalyn

marja said...

Wendalyn: You said it so well: the work I've been dealing with has been fatigueing, emotional and messy. So good to have Mom close by now, though. I visited this morning. Was there in a jiffy, had a relaxing time with her, then back home - all within less than 1 1/2 hours.

marja