Depression: The fact, the need for realism
To better preach on depression we need to properly understand depression and take it seriously.
Depression. I wonder what comes to your mind when you hear that word. For some, it will be a friend or loved one who has depression so you've perhaps observed something of what it is secondhand. Maybe there have been times where you've longed to help and support them through their depression but struggled to know how best to do that. For some of us it is firsthand experience that we have. We know the pain and despair of depression all too well; either from past experience or perhaps being in the midst of it right now. There will be others who have questions that come to mind: What is depression, what makes it different from feeling sad or miserable, what causes it, what can be done about it?
So I'm very aware that we will all be approaching this topic from different angles and experiences, and I'm sure as a church family there is much that we can share and learn from one another because of that. Yet, depression is not often spoken about. Sadly, there is still a lot of stigma ...