During this season, when the time changes and days are shorter, I seem to "get depressed." I never really thought of it as depression, but based on behavior and symptoms, medical professionals have diagnosed it as such. It has been suggested that I need artificial light in my home during the darkness of fall and winter. During the dark months, I limit going out at night. I usually go to bed much earlier and experience difficulty sleeping. Could it be that I want the night and the darkness to hurry and go away? I'm not sure. The fact that my husband and son were both murdered in the late night and early morning hours may have triggered this anxiety. After nearly 25 years, the dark months still have a severe impact on me.
I wanted to share my experience to encourage someone else because there is good news. God is truly working it all out. God has brought light into the night. God has done what no therapist or medication could do. When the attacks come-- and they still do-- He talks to me and tells me it's all right. He quiets the nervous spirit which tries to overtake me. He whispers in my ear how much He loves me and will protect me. God continues to bring light into the darkness. And he can do the same for you.
As we enter into the Advent season, here is a scripture to encourage you:
Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.
Let God be your True Light! May God Bless You.