I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have a wife who, when I tell her to pray for me because ‘everything hurts’, she does.
She doesn’t pepper me with questions when I say that I’m hurting. I’ll usually tell her if I’m depressed, anxious, or completely eaten up inside–where my emotions are so totally raw I can’t sort up from down. The really, really bad days happen less than before, but they still happen.
Luke 22:31-32 came to mind for some reason while I was typing this.
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
I haven’t outright betrayed Jesus today, to my knowledge, but I think that’s interesting where Jesus tells Peter, when (not if) he turns back, to strengthen his brothers.
Maybe that ‘when’ applies to me, too.
Maybe I’ll be able to strengthen my brothers and sisters in Christ, who also struggle with anxiety and depression like I do.