“Pat, I read your last blog, and I’d like to respond to it. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 is a good complement to what you posted in 39. It says, ‘give thanks in all circumstances.’
“That’s a hard word when
you’re suffering from depression, but you have to take Scripture seriously.
“There is so much change in life; it’s easy to slip into a whirlwind of chaos, anxiety, doubt, depression, and negative feelings. Don’t be sad when you lose someone you loved; be thankful that he/she enriched your life for a season.
“Shift your focus from the negative to the positive, from sadness to gladness, from cursing to blessing. Instead of looking back to see the negative things in your life, look for the positive and dwell on them.
“So what is the positive when your circumstance is deep depression? Look to getting better, look to being closer to God (that’s what happened with your depression, Pat), look to the joy of heaven where there will be no more depression or suffering of any kind. Read this blog and follow its advice. There is hope for you; you just need to stretch and reach for it.
“May God bless all of you who have lost a dear one, are suffering from various maladies, have lost a job, or have had other bad things happen to you. Look up; your redemption is at hand.”