There are many facets of the causes of depression. The cure is never as simple as, “put on a happy face”. There are physical, emotional, mental, societal, relational, spiritual, and even weather related causes. When a beloved friend, family member or a public figure falls deep into depression we (at least I) do not know what to do for them. So…just ask. What can be done for you? What can I do for you?
Most times the answer has been to just stay close. To be near with presence.
Today is a good day to check in with someone whom you know has the struggle of dark thoughts, and dark days.
Depressed people often cannot articulate what they need, or why they feel so dark, so give lots of grace and freedom while staying close with presence. I am not a huge fan of alcohol or recreational drug use to lift someone’s spirits. I am a fan of nature walks or mall walks.
Lord, we pray for the friends and family of Robin Williams, we do not know what it is like to be in their places, and since you do, we ask you for your presence to be very near and close to them. Help us, be sensitive to anyone that may be dealing with some darkness, and give us your presence within our presence so we can be what we need to be and do what we need to do.
In Jesus name, amen.