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Depressed? You're In Good Company - Part 1 (1 of 2)
Psalm 142: 1 - 4
JESUS CHRIST'S birth has occasioned the world's greatest
celebration. Christmas is the season of the year when excitement
reaches a zenith for young and old alike. No other experience
impacts society with such high emotion.
JOY to the world the Lord has come.
GOD rest ye merry gentlemen. Let nothing you dismay.
'TIS the season to be jolly.
OH come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant.
Hold it! Hold it!
"I've got one question," states a mild voice, "Why am I the only
one depressed?" Depressed? Depressed!
You can't be depressed. Everybody is supposed to have a
Christmas is a magic carpet that wraps itself around our hearts;
it is something intangible like a fragrance.
Christmas is a pencil sharpener for our emotions. They become
keener and more sensitive during this season. At Christmas time
feelings deepen and emotions are heightened.
A variety of emotions flirt with our feelings at Christmas.
Hiding deep down in the emotions of many, like a jack-in-the-box
in a neatly wrapped gift package, waiting to spring out and
surprise us is the emotion of depression.
Depression is the "common cold" of our emotions. There seems to
be no way to prevent it and no instant cure.
One of the saddest things about depression is that those
depressed tend to think they are the only ones suffering from
this inward enemy. Quite the contrary is true. A study by the
National Institute of Health reveals that depression is a
billion dollar a year business. More than 8 million Americans go
to a doctor each year to be treated for depression. Over
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