All I want for Christmas… freedom from depression.

Christmas

Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time for families to gather around and celebrate the birth of our Savior. Yet, for many of us the “home depot” effect is taking place. Starting in August the stores start telling you what “Christmas” means. To them it means that you need to buy stuff. Tons of stuff. Red, green and sparkling twinkling stuff. And that will make you feel good! So, we go out and buy the perfect gifts and all the glitter and still we are left feeling loss and lost. Not only that but now we are buried in the debts of our gift buying and embarrassed to let friends and family know how we really feel. So, we start to isolate and retreat and start down a path that leads us deeper and deeper into the darkness of depression. What can we do? How can we be different this year? Watch this week’s sermon or share it with someone you love! This year can and should be a time of hope, peace, love and joy!

Elijah Flees to Horeb (1 Kings 19: 1-9)

19 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”

Elijah was afraid[a] and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night.

This Christmas, what/who is going to be your broom bush? Comment below.

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