Wednesday Jun 27 2007
God is our everlasting, never failing source of joy
By: Tom Rupp
In the 16th century St. John of the Cross wrote a spiritual classic entitled, "The Dark Night of the Soul." It's available free online. I understand the title. Mark Twain said, "Every man is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody." Some of us have more darkness than others. Lately I've been dwelling on the dark side, not exactly sure how I got there, nor how to get out. I fancy myself a happy-minded optimist, but that has not been the case recently. Maybe that's not the case at all. Depression probably develops from two major sources - what we are born with and what traits we acquire over a lifetime of habitual patterns. In turn, it can be treated by medication for the one and behavioral modification for the other. Notice I said "treated," not necessarily "cured." Medication can only do so much. Most folks don't want to live a medicated lifestyle. Although neurolingusitic programming (NLP) changes the way you look at reality, it also doesn't change reality itself. Changing your thoughts merely helps you to cope. So what do you do when you find yourself stuck in the sands of sadness? You could talk to God and to yourself. That's what David did in Psalm 43. He spoke to God and verbally affirmed his relationship to God. In God "all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17). David also spoke to himself and said, "Why are you cast down, O my soul?" He then went on to answer his question with an affirmation to "hope in God" (verse 5). Robert Burns wrote a poem entitled "Man was Made to Mourn." Well, that may be partially true, but just as there is "a time to weep" so there is "a time to laugh" (Ecclesiastes 3:4). I'll say this until the pendulum swings back: I must be getting ready for a big old happy time. Tom Rupp is a Folsom resident ready to lighten up. Send comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.