Depression

“People don’t fake depression, they fake being okay. Remember that. Be Kind.”

Robin Williams

Will the Lord walk off and leave us for good?
    Will he never smile again?
Is his love worn threadbare?
    Has his salvation promise burned out?
Has God forgotten his manners?
    Has he angrily stomped off and left us?
“Just my luck,” I said. “The High God retires
    just the moment I need him.”                                                                                                                                   Psalm 77:7-10

Words of wisdom from an American genius, Robin Williams. As many great comedic giants, Robin Williams apparently struggled mightily with depression. Interesting how many of the great comedy talents seemed to cover their darkness with comedy. That is how they cope.  

What better way to keep people away from the reality that they experienced- a reality that others did not sense and a reality that they wanted hidden. Make others laugh to accept them. How many people with depression want others on the outside of it?

After all, depression is a deeply personal experience. It is harder to explain than many want to venture to others. Further, for come cultural reasons, people would rather not share it because they may feel shame in doing so. Such is the pity of the lonely experience of deep depression.

I am heartened by the cultural shift toward more acceptance of mental illness. Yet, many who experience deep depression feel isolated, lonely, and completely misunderstood.

So, remember the words of Robin Williams. There are many people who deal with a dark monster called depression. Be kind.

Prayer: Lord, help us to be sensitive to those who are struggling with silent giants, Amen

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