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Get Up and Eat: A Sermon on Depression

As Mental Health Month draws to an end...here's a sermon on depression that I offered toward the end of my preaching class Fall 2017. I don't suppose it's perfect, but I do believe it reflects something of God, God's Word, and God's activity in my life. *** A reading from 1 King 19:1-8. “Ahab told… Continue reading Get Up and Eat: A Sermon on Depression

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From the Other Side

Some months ago, I had a bout of depression. Only I didn’t fully realize it until the bout was fully over.  I had had some stresses and disappointments fall into my lap as the fall season settled in and the days got shorter and darker and colder (which never helps when it comes to matters… Continue reading From the Other Side

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De-mystifying Antidepressants, Part II: An Artist’s Perspective

"Treating my depression will make me boring." I've heard friends and students say this plenty of times, and might have thought it myself. Why do we equate medicine with mediocrity? Why do we think more health could mean less talent? Maybe because of what I'll call "Sylvia Plath syndrome." We learn in English class that Sylvia Plath (or… Continue reading De-mystifying Antidepressants, Part II: An Artist’s Perspective

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De-mystifying Antidepressants, Part I: Redefining Recovery

Fact: I've been on antidepressants off and on for 5 years now and concluded about a year ago -- at my doctor's recommendation -- that I'll be on them indefinitely.Why? Because, left to its own devices, my body consistently decides to create a knot in my stomach, a lot of annoying thoughts in my head,… Continue reading De-mystifying Antidepressants, Part I: Redefining Recovery

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Prayers for Mental Health

I love that the Book of Common Prayer has specific prayers and thanksgivings for just about anything -- for travelers, for artists, for the unemployed, for the aged, and so on. But, I don't see many prayers looking closely at mental health. So, I decided to write a few. For a Person Experiencing Anxiety Heavenly Father,… Continue reading Prayers for Mental Health