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Daily Inspiration - March 8, 2021 | Emotional Healing

๐˜–๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ด ๐˜ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ, ๐˜– ๐˜“๐˜–๐˜™๐˜‹. ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ! ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด! ๐˜๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ, ๐˜– ๐˜“๐˜–๐˜™๐˜‹, ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ? ๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ, ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ. ๐˜ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜–๐˜™๐˜‹, ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ; ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. ๐˜– ๐˜๐˜ด๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ, ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜–๐˜™๐˜‹! ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜–๐˜™๐˜‹ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ. ๐˜๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜๐˜ด๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. -Psalm 130


Like so many, I have lived with bouts of anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, nobody talked about it; it was a completely taboo subject. Emotional or mental disorders were a sign of weakness and of brokenness, so I kept silent. I spent years living with the fear and anger that seemed to come from out of nowhere. Living with the constant feeling of not being good enough. Living in darkness that at times would refuse to go away. Being a class clown and a funny guy so no one would see the pain. Distancing myself from others so they would not see the real me.

Then, one day it all came crashing down. My faรงade started to crack. The darkness seemed to physically close in on me. The twin demons of depression and anxiety had engulfed me. Bette found me on the floor unable to tell her why or how I got there. I lay broken and crushed after decades of denial. My illness took over. I was lost. The darkness had won.


Or so I thought.


The light was still there; I just didnโ€™t see it. But with help from Bette, my doctor, my counselor/spiritual adviser, and the Holy Spirit, the darkness started to recede. My depression is still there but with prayer, medication, and counseling, it is managed and I can continue in hope. I also believe that it is part of my calling as a pastor to be open and honest about my struggle so others can see that there is hope. There is help. I hope that one day the stigma of mental illness falls away so others do not have to suffer so much.


โ€œMighty God, in Jesus Christ you deal with forces that trouble our minds and set us against ourselves. Give peace to those who are cast down, beset by anxiety, or torn by inner conflict. By your great might, drive from us the powers that shake confidence and shatter love. Bring us into the light of your truth, and give us your strong assurance that we are your beloved children in Jesus Christ our Lord.โ€


Pastor Tim




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