1. We have to “remember” that God remembers us. He has not fallen away. For God to remember us means he is working for our good; a restoration.
  2. What I desperately needed was not to preach to myself, but to listen to a preacher—not to take myself in hand, but to be taken in the hands of the Almighty.
  3. Help comes for those who cannot help themselves. When we bottom-out and come to the end of ourselves, that is where hope springs.
  4. Darkness is not your only friend. Jesus loves you, and he will be with you.
  5. There is perhaps no better observation about the nature of anxiety and depression than its fundamental desire for avoidance.
  6. It turns out that when Elijah battled depression, God sent someone to just be with him. To comfort him.
  7. The Devil knows your weaknesses, and he will work them. So, I would like to offer some hard-won advice on how to persevere in this cosmic wrestling match.
  8. In 2nd Corinthians, Paul has a lot to say about suffering. Paul reminds us that in our suffering, Jesus manifests both His suffering and His comfort. Oh, and Louie the Unofficial Comfort Dog/Program Producer makes an appearance, too.
  9. Whatever theoretical or conceptual ideas to which we surrender in despair, the Christian faith offers something wholly different. It offers a person.
  10. God is always better than your imaginings. God is greater than your thoughts about God!
  11. At the core of Luther’s advice is the proclamation that we are free to hand over our pain, our sin, and our inabilities to our Savior.
  12. Whatever loss you’ve undergone, whatever grief resides in the hollow of your heart, however much it seems like God has abandoned you, God sees that void as the place he wants to fill with new life and mercy.

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