There are so many losses in the current season. Some of those losses will be recouped in some fashion. Some of those losses will never be recovered. Grief is the expression of emotion when a loss has been acknowledged. When the loss is not acknowledged, and grief is not expressed, grief lies waiting. It will …

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Mockingbird have published this reflection by Trevor Almy, who has gone through seasons of intense chronic depression and who sees similarities in the way people are experiencing and reacting to the time of pandemic we are going through and his own reactions during depression. This is not proscriptive and neither makes light of chronic depression …

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A recent suicide by a US pastor whose ongoing struggles with his mental health were part of his public ministry has produced a lot of commentary on the subject of ministry, chronic depression, and how sufferers can live with both. Connor Gwin writes from the perspective of his own life dealing with both of these …

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Scott Hubbard writes about William Cowper, who on New Year’s Day 1773 was about to slip into a depression that would remain for the rest of his life. Anticipating that descending darkness Cowper wrote the hymn God Moves In A Mysterious Way. From Hubbard’s article: … before night fell on Cowper’s soul, he sat in …

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John Starke writes about pastoring during a season of depression. And a source of encouragement through that time. I began to notice that I wasn’t just sad or discouraged about my circumstances. Something was different. There was a darkness that had set in. My sorrow and discouragement began to wrap around me and squeeze. It …

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Mike Cosper attempts to write a sensitive and nuanced reflection on depression and suicide, prompted by the death of chef and food/travel documentary make Anthony Bourdain. This is what’s monstrous about depression. It is not simply a bad day or even a bad few months. It is a haunting presence, a grayness that covers all …

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