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Category: Devotionals

Mercy

“Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 One popular story of Jesus is about a man who was robbed on a business trip.  He was left badly beaten by the side of the road.  You would expect someone to stop but the first two people walked by without offering help. Finally, another business man came along the lonely rough road, found the man and tended to his wounds. You may know the story as the parable of the Good Samaritan. Who are we in the story? One of the two who walked by? The rescuer? A beaten up business man? Depression beats us up leaving us by the side of the road. Why did the robbers attack the first business man?  No one knows. Why do we suffer from depression?  It may have been a situation that caused you great grief and has left you tearful and sad.  Perhaps it is a flaw in the DNA that controls your biochemistry.  You may have inherited it.  Often there seems no reason. One of the questions that haunts us is,  “Why?  Why me?  Why now?” Depression happens to us because of complex reasons that medical scientists don’t even…

Bright Spots in the Darkness is Available!

It is here! Bright Spots in the Darkness…Meditations When You Are Depressed  is here! It is time for depression to come out of the church closet. Christians can be depressed. Yet there is stigma in the church if you suffer depression.  Well meaning people will say: “Just get over it.” “Think about good things.” “Confess your hidden sin.” “You must not be reading your Bible enough.” Instead of help you may find judgment. There is hope! God has not forgotten you. You have a disease. You are not alone. There is treatment. Jesus’ Beatitudes can help us walk through depression. Bright Spots show how. Bright Spots was birthed out of my experience with depression and by seeing many people throughout my ministry suffer with depression, too. There were very few, if any, Christian books of meditations for those with depression. Bright Spots does not offer a cure. Severe depression is not usually solved quickly or with self-help books. Depression is too complicated to be simplistic. But it does offer inspiration from a fellow traveler.  Where can you get a copy? An e-book or softcover are available You can order from my home page at www.rickqualls.com  from Westbow Press  Amazon books &…