Friday, March 7, 2014

More on Depression

This talk by Jeffry R. Holland is wonderful.

He asks a significant question, "So how do you best respond when mental or emotional challenges confront you or those you love?" His answer is profound. "Never lose faith in your Father in Heaven, who loves you more than you can comprehend." Quoting President Monson, he adds, "That love never changes...It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God's love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve [it]. It is simply always there."

Some of the best advice I received many years ago by a wise counselor was for all of us to be a positive representative of God's love.  Especially to someone who hadn't felt loved and cared for by their parents or other significant people resulting in an inability to feel God's love. Human Development research has found a link between the kind of love a parent demonstrates and how a person will feel about God. If the parent is punitive, detached, etc. then the child will come to see God in the same way. If a parent is loving, emotionally attached, etc. then it is easier for a child to grow close to and trust God as well. The same kind of healthy or unhealthy attachments with other people can also have the same affect.

Going back to the quote by President Monson. If any of us are to be that rock of hope and love for those struggling with depression, then it is important that let God's love shine through us. It is a tall order and one that I know I can't accomplish on my own. It is something I need to pray for every single day and sometimes several times a day. What just popped in my mind is, "May the force be with you." (I just went to Disneyland and rode the Star Wars ride several times. Just be glad the Small World ride wasn't in operation) God's love is that force. It is what we all need to feel regardless if we or others feel like it is deserved.

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