Additional Scripture Readings: Psalm 42:5; Isaiah 61:1–3
Whether experienced as “Monday morning blues,” “rainy day feelings,” “winter blahs,” or just “down days,” folks struggle with bouts of depression. Moms are no exception.
Depression is generally defined as discouragement resulting from the experience of loss or internalized anger. We who walk through its valley of shadows tend to consider ourselves abnormal and even condemn our pessimistic periods, seeing them as detours from faith.
Many Christian psychologists and theologians are attempting to change this negative view. The truth is that life is tough. Adjusting to it is hard. While we are immeasurably strengthened through our relationship with Christ, we will still face difficult adjustments in life. In some cases, we may need the help of a trained professional to successfully travel through deep valleys.
But on other days, we do well to remind ourselves of the truth of Ecclesiastes 7:14: “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.” There are fifty-two Monday mornings each year. On your next blue Monday, take the advice of the writer of Ecclesiastes: stop and “consider.”