It’s been a minute since I last posted anything. I have ideas rattling around in my head, but the words won’t form into anything coherent.
I look around at the world today. I take in all of the news, the politics, the social media and ways people treat each other. Many can do that, shake their heads, give my grandma’s “tsk, tsk, tsk” noise, and move on. I can’t. I can’t understand how people can be cruel, how they can so willingly lie and cheat to get what they want regardless of what it means for others, and that there is no seeming condemnation for their behaviors. I listen and watch and internalize it all, and it alters me. It diminishes me in many ways and keeps me from fully functioning.
As I have watched what is going on in the world, I manifest how I view what is happening and how I feel about it. And that often leads to my state of heart. I become tired. Confused. Disheartened. Depressed. I lose hope for the world, our country, my community, and the future that my grandchildren will inhabit.
It is hard to fend off bouts of depression when surrounded by the upheaval, the evil, and the pain I see every time I come in contact with the news of the world and what people do to each other. There should be comfort within my faith, but as I gather with other believers, I am stunned by their cruelty and the ways in which they hurt others as well.
So today I wrapped myself in a cocoon of sorts — okay, it was a blanket on the sofa with a cup of tea and HGTV — to find my escape. But that wasn’t helping much so I went to reading some of my favorite blogs. I went to one of my favorites. Liz Curtis Higgs bills herself as an encourager and I have always found her insight and her humor a bit of good medicine for me. As I scrolled through reading and skimming, I discovered an older post from her entitled “Medicine for the Soul.” I had to stop and read.
It’s a good one and, since I just don’t have much to impart on my own today, I thought I’d share it with you. I hope you are encouraged by her words today.