In You, O Lord, do I put my trust and confidently take refuge.
Be to me a rock of refuge in which to dwell, and a sheltering stronghold to which I may continually resort.
For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence.
Upon You have I leaned and relied from birth; You are He Who took me from my mother’s womb and You have been my strength and my provider from that day. My praise is continually of You.
I am as a wonder and surprise to many, but You are my strong refuge.
My mouth shall be filled with Your praise and with Your honor all the day.
I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more.
I will come in the strength and with the mighty acts of the Lord God;
I will mention and praise Your righteousness.
O God, You have taught me from my youth, and hitherto have I declared Your wondrous works.
Yes, even when I am old and gray-headed, God will not forsake me.
Your steadfast love, O God, reaches to the heavens. You Who have done great things; O God, who is like You, or who is Your equal?
Though we have troubles great and sore, you revive us and lift us up.
I will also praise Your truth and faithfulness, O my God; unto You will I sing praises with the harp and lyre, O Holy One of Israel.
My lips shall shout for joy when I sing praises to You, and my inner being, which You have redeemed, will rejoice.
My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long.
--from Psalm 71
I admit it. I'm fighting depression. Key word in that sentence is fighting! Fighting it with everything in me. Sadness is one thing. Sadness is relieved by having a good cry, feeling better, and going on. Depression, however, is something else. It feels like an overwhelming darkness waiting to swallow me if I give in. It feels like being on the brink of the swirling vortex of a black hole and being pulled closer and closer. I'm resisting it with all my might. Depression is normal in grief, so say the books. I can accept that it's normal to feel this way, but I don't accept depression. I refuse!
So I figuratively give myself a good smack in the face and tell myself to snap out of it! Get up from my comfy chair that feels a little too comfy these days, and do something! Even if it's not much, and even if it's not the most important thing that needs doing, at least do something!
Sara Faith Nelson
Sharing the journey, because, I find there are so many others making the trek through life without a loved one