October 16, 2012: Doubt, Depression & God

Posted on : Oct 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Still Speaking

These days, a lot of folks are deeply depressed or overwhelmed with doubt.   Nobody nails this more clearly than Jesus when he cries out from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  Ouch!  Actually, those words were uttered centuries earlier by the Psalmist.  They are from Psalm 22.  So, Jesus wasn’t the first one to “cry out” asking God where the heck God is in the mess of my life.

Personally, I think it’s a good thing to both cry out to God and doubt.  I know, many “Christians” think it’s not polite (blasphemous?) to cry out to God or to doubt; but for me, those are two things that make my faith stronger and stronger.  If you don’t doubt God, I don’t know how you can have faith in God.  Doubt and faith go together.  They are, as we say, “the yin and the yang.”  Some of the most faithful people in the world are those who doubted the most.

When we are depressed we almost always experience deep periods of doubt.  When we are depressed it is hard experience “hope.”  It’s hard to find or feel God.  It’s hard to feel most anything.    But strangely, it is often after going through moments of great aloneness, of experiencing the very deep absence of God, that we experience the closeness and deep love of God, the astounding presence of God in our lives.  Did you know Abraham Lincoln, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mother Teresa all experienced periods of deep depression and doubt?  Add Jesus, Dan Smith and probably you to that list.

Click here for more, as you read “We All Have our Moments.”

Blessings,

Dan

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