Depression is real, painful and debilitating! The death of Robin Williams reminds me that there are too many people suffering silently with this tormenting oppression.
I realize that for some depression is a physical/chemical imbalance that needs a chemical cure. No doubt about it. In other cases, like mine, depression is a spiritual problem that can only be won with spiritual weapons.
At times, my husband, family and friends had to use their prayers, their words, their comfort to fight for me when I had no fight left against depression. Slowly but surely, however, it was the Word of God and its truth about God, myself and life that healed my mind and soul from the lies that kept me sad and despondent.
That is why I will not apologize for giving one single piece of advice to anyone going through depression: Read, listen to, meditate, confess, believe the Word of God. It will not just comfort you - it will bypass your feelings to judge your thoughts and attitudes and change the way you think.
"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
- Mercy Alarid is the Creative Arts Pastor of Passion Church. Mercy has a Master's degree in Education. Mercy is a member of the faculty of Central New Mexico Community College, where she is an instructor in the Education department. Mercy has been married to Brian for 17 years and they reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their 3 children: Chloe, Colin, and Lauren.