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  1. […] Emma Scrivener on Helping a depressed friend […]

  2. Susanne Schuberth (Germany)
    Mar 03 - 9:44 pm

    That’s a great article, Emma. Highest possible score!

    From my own experiences with depression between 2000 and 2008, I can briefly say that I particularly recall those people who loved me unconditionally, turned the other cheek, listened to whatever rubbish came out of my mouth, and accepted my longing for solitude whenever I didn’t want to see anyone.
    Those “lonely” times were so important for me because then I was alone with God who – step by step – began to heal my deep wounds from childhood, youth, and later.
    And yes, patience is necessary too. God often needs many years or even decades to change our hearts. In some cases people die before they could be healed completely (I am thinking here especially of those whom I knew and who committed suicide). However, we have a gracious and merciful God who is the I AM, the (eternal) Life and the Resurrection (Jn 11:25), and thus He won’t stop dealing with our problems even if we die earlier than expected.

  3. Emma
    Mar 04 - 3:43 pm

    Thanks Suzanne. That’s a good point – the lonely times can be the ones where we are also freed to be alone with God.

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