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This is from my Facebook Page. Hope it encourages you.- Sherry

One of my friends shared a “status” today about the struggle of dark thoughts coming in to crowd out the desire to live, Even people who have amazing lives, great families and many reasons for joy, can have moments where leaving this life and going on the the next is an overwhelming struggle. The promise of heaven can be as much a temptation to depart this life for those who believe it will be exponentially better, as the doubt that it matters at all for those who do not believe in a meaningful afterlife.

For those who have placed faith in Jesus and who are looking for that blessed and eternal hope, the fact that sometimes dark thoughts come, and even the desire to be done with this life can seem horrible and sinful. I think many people hide in that place of struggle, and it is that fear of sharing the truth, that sometimes the darkness crowds in and presses strongly even against those who love God and have faith, that pushes some people to end their lives themselves or to linger for many years alone, in fear of admitting what they are dealing with.
I will openly say that I am familiar with that pressing darkness and it is not something to be ashamed of, but rather something to look to the Lord for and to be willing to acknowledge that, as they say, “the struggle is real”.

Here are the brief thoughts I shared with my friend this morning:

I think we all experience this feeling of darkness at some time. Even Paul said he wanted to live for the sake of others, but as for himself he would rather be done with life and go on to the next. Sometimes in spots, living feels more like dying as we lay ourselves down for the sake of those we love, when our own lives seem less worth living. As hardships come, and loss, and difficulty, it can seem that the small, fleeting pleasures of this life, even those that are amazing, like the dear love of a spouse and the treasures of a precious family, are very pale when dark moments cloud us and the longing for the next life, free of pain, can press in very strongly. I think God allows us moments or even seasons of feeling this way, so we will reach for Him in a deeper way, and lean into His arms of strength and compassion.

Yet, He does not want darkness or death to overtake us, nor for us to linger in despair or sorrow. He tells us to “be of good cheer” to remind us that He has already overcome this world and it’s sadness and wearisome toil. The time we spend both laboring and weeping here will be nothing in comparison to the eternal pleasures we will experience at His right hand!

If a wave of dark presses against our minds and taunts us with the false temptation that we should be the one to choose our own time to “change spaces” to the easier life that heaven allures us with, we know we must resist, for God alone determines the number of our days, and if He has us here on earth, it is for His purposes and glory, and our preparation to enter His presence.

If the dark thoughts come, better to be open and to share them with those who care and who can help us gain perspective and find ways to return to the joyful state God has created us to live in. When things remain hidden in the darkness, they cannot be healed and overcome, it is by living in the light, that we can be restored to truth.

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When the Siren song sings loud in your ears

Crying out to make you come to a bittersweet end

Luring you with melancholy or the promise of escape from agony

Plug your ears with the wax of bees and listen to them not

Bind your mind to the mast of Truth and Love’s laws

Throw not in your lot with those

Who seek your flesh and will eat your soul

Devouring roamers who fill the night

With lies which dash when brought into light

Dark despair, which seems so real

Is but a myth of temptation to drag you down

Sing the song of life, more loud and beautiful

And the demons which have haunted will be drowned themselves

-Sherry Carlstrom January 16, 2014

Depression and anguished thoughts come to torment us all, they sing the songs of sadness. We must turn away from the rocks they seek to dash us on and listen instead to the truth.

“When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul. – Psalm 94:19

“Why are you downcast oh my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.” Psalm 42:11

The lies can rage so desperately, making you teeter from anger to despair, hopelessness to anxiety. Irrational images of the situation surround with sorrow. All can seem lost, when in fact, it is only the voices of  mythical creatures crying, calling you to their island of tragedy where they hope to pile your body along with other corpses of those who listened.

Don’t listen.