Feeling Heavy Burdened? Here Find Rest
October 30th, 2020 by INMED
Job pressure. Virtual fatigue. Family isolation. Holiday loneliness. Financial uncertainty. Cold weather. Illness vulnerability. “Is this a fever overcoming me?” Our sense of heavy burden is almost ubiquitous. The CDC reports that 40% of American citizens reported mental health or substance abuse problems over the summer. Over the pandemic months, alcohol sales have soared. Medical care for depression has spiked. Binge television watching is at record highs. Most concerning, suicide is steadily on the rise.
Where can we turn for more wholesome relief? Consider refocusing on an attitude of gratitude. Not to belittle any loss or suffering we are experiencing, but a time-tested intervention for anxiety and depression is thankfulness. What are some moments in 2020 over which you are pleased? What is a blessing you’ve received? Who has gifted you with an unexpected compliment or call? What hope or expectation may ignite your tomorrow?
I derive great reassurance from this plea and promise: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This reassurance is documented in Philippians 4:6-7. Please read it for yourself.
For whom are you thankful today? What encouragement is helping you carry your burden? Please share your thoughts by emailing INMED, and we will reply with gratitude.