People of faith are not immune from depression. Many Christians struggling with depression find it difficult to reconcile this with their faith in Jesus. Some responses from faith communities add to the pain of depression instead of offering empathy and support. Although written long ago, the book of Job provides a deeper understanding for the issues of heart and soul for people of faith coping with depression.
Personal wholeness – how can we go deeper? In addition to Christian community, Scripture, worship and the spiritual disciplines, there is another way to “go deeper”. An experience of Christ’s Presence and love can lead to deeper wholeness and inner transformation. Listen to the personal testimonies of two women who describe their unexpected encounter with Jesus that brought about deeper wholeness.
Our journeys for healing and wholeness are unique yet there are some foundational truths that can help us to reflect and understand this journey more deeply. The first core truth: experiencing the love and healing presence of Christ in our union with Him is an integral part of that journey.
Depression has become a “mental health pandemic” of the modern world. Maybe you are depressed or know someone who is. While medication is the common “solution”, personal revelation in the deepest places in our soul can lead to healing and restoration.
Loneliness has become a virtual epidemic in many countries. New research reveals that loneliness can be hazardous to one’s health. The healing power of relationships and community in contrast to drugs is becoming increasingly evident.