30. When Depression is Tugging at my Sleeve

An alcoholic who has not taken a drink for twenty years is still an alcoholic. A person who has gone through clinical depression, as I have, and has come out the other side, as I have, is still vulnerable to depression and needs to have tools to use when depression comes calling. When I feel depression tugging at my sleeve, one of the Scriptures I look to

is Isaiah 43: 1-5. This is God speaking, hence the quotation marks.

 “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
   I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
 When you pass through the waters,
   I will be with you;
 and when you pass through the rivers,
   they will not sweep over you.
 When you walk through the fire,
   you will not be burned;
   the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD your God,
   the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…
You are precious and honored in my sight…
   and I love you…
 Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”

Isn’t this a wonderful passage for one who is depressed – passing through the waters and rivers and walking through the fire? That’s what I felt like when I was in deep depression. Yet God tells us not to fear, that He knows us by name, and He is with us for the long haul. When I read this, that tugging at my sleeve goes away.

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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One Response to 30. When Depression is Tugging at my Sleeve

  1. Bob Hopman says:

    Patrick, I know God has blessed you and because of that you now are blessing me. Everyday I thank God for the gift of you.
    Bob H.

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