In January Canada observed Bell Let’s Talk Day – a day which seeks to raise funds and awareness for mental health issues. During the pandemic we all know that mental health has worsened. None of us were made to spend a year largely without friends, family, social gatherings, hair cuts, gyms…all those things that contribute to positive mental health and which lockdown has stolen from us.
The longer it goes, the harder it gets.
At Presbytery Zoom this week, a colleague shared this song during the devotional time, “Truth Be Told” by Matthew West:
And – you guessed it – I felt that in my soul. Too often this year I’ve said I’m ok when I’m not. And maybe you feel just the same.
So today I’m praying for anyone who has said “I’m ok” when they are not.
At that same Presbytery devotional time, Psalm 142 was read. It reassured me that the people of God have always gone through difficult times. And in the worst of it, God is our refuge.
1 I cry aloud to the Lord;
I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
2 I pour out before him my complaint;
before him I tell my trouble.
3 When my spirit grows faint within me,
it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk
people have hidden a snare for me.
4 Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;
no one cares for my life.
5 I cry to you, Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
6 Listen to my cry,
for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
for they are too strong for me.
7 Set me free from my prison,
that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
because of your goodness to me.
Dear friends, may you know that God is your refuge, may God be your strength and your portion in the land of the living.