“Come unto me all of you who labor and are weary, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Recently, I read a Christian blog on social media where individuals were disclosing that they were depressed, overwhelmed, and/or having suicidal thoughts. Although the moderator of the blog had good intentions, it is simply not enough to say, “we are praying for you. ” After reading the cries for help, I posted the following response:
I worked as a psych nurse for many years, and I am also a Believer. If you are suicidal or depressed, you need to seek medical attention from a crisis hotline immediately. Blogging on Facebook is a cry for help. You lack the coping skills to deal with your situation. Make the call to a Crisis line and call 911. Psalms 23 and 27 are promises from God to take care of us. Read the Bible chapters out loud…over and over again. Pray a simple prayer telling God how you feel…He knows already, but you have to be honest with your words. Please seek therapeutic intervention and spiritual guidance immediately. All of us have experienced a time in our lives when our circumstances were overwhelming. It is not a sin to seek professional assistance. God has provided medical resources because He knows each of us and what we require for deliverance.
God loves imperfect human beings and is waiting to help us. He has given us healthcare professionals that will provide intervention based on our needs. Contrary to popular religious beliefs, we should seek therapeutic intervention when we feel overwhelmed and that our lives are not worth living.
Be alert of abnormal signs of depression for yourself or your family members: https://g.co/kgs/fe6t3v
God loves us! Connect with Him through daily prayer. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us.
Prayer: Dear God, We ask for your healing power to touch the lives of those who are experiencing hopelessness. Please give us the desire to extend ourselves to others and to witness to those who are in need. God, you have promised us “joy,” which does not rely on perfect circumstances. We thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.