Chappy’s corner “got the blues?”

A young man with a severe heart problem planned to shop with his parents but when they met up with him at the store he looked blue. This created anxiety for his parents so they took him to the hospital where medical personnel examined him. After various tests they determined that his heart was fine and they couldn’t figure out his problem.  Since his fiancé worked at the hospital as a nurse she came down to see him and when noticing his condition she asked him a simple question, “Did you wash those new sheets we received at the wedding shower before you put them on the bed?”He confessed he hadn’t at that point everyone figured out the skin color was caused by the dye from the sheets combining with his perspiration resulting in his skin to turn “blue”.

For that man getting rid of the “blues” was easy but sadly for many people feeling blue is much more difficult.  Now almost everyone gets the blues now and then.  Very often a loss can lead to feeling down.  If a child loses a pet, or someone loses a job, or a loved one dies this can lead to feeling “blue”.  Even the lost of a big game can cause the team and fans to feel down.  I’m sure that Kentucky fans are feeling blue due to their team’s loss in the championship game this past week. (Strangely their team color is also blue) Feeling down after a sad event is normal but getting down in the dumps and staying there is not normal or healthy but it happens.

Depression is a major problem for many people and for other folks it is hard to understand why such individuals are having such a tough time.  They look at the person and he or she looks healthy, so they think the depressed guy or gal should somehow snap out of it, but there is no “quick” fix.  Those dealing with depression need medical and psychological care for a long period of time and even then they can relapse.

What can one do when feeling blue?  Exercise, eating healthy, being active are all good things, but one shouldn’t forget the power of God in one’s life.  When difficulties descend upon us we need to remember who is with us. The psalmist said, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil for thou art with me.” (Psalm 23)  Being depressed is like going though that valley, but if one notices this valley is not “death valley” it is “the shadow of death”.  Shadows can be scary but they can’t harm us.  Death is scary and rightly so, but because of Jesus, death no longer has a final hold on us.

Jesus came to save people and He did it by his suffering and death on the cross. What he experienced there was horrible, but he did it to set us free from sin and to give us life with God.  For God’s promise is that whoever believes in Christ will not perish but have everlasting life with God.  That promise is guaranteed by Christ’s rising from the grave on Easter.  For those in the Christian faith we see Good Friday as the D Day battle, but Easter as V day (Victory Day).   Christ makes it possible for us to go through those dark and difficult times.  It is not easy and being a believer doesn’t mean we won’t have difficult or depressing times in our lives.  Even Christians can suffer from the “blues” and some also suffer severe depression. Being a believer doesn’t mean one’s life is always pink and rosy.  But, we also know that no matter how dark it may get we are not alone for Christ is with us, and nothing (including depression or the blues) can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ!

That’s just my thoughts from this SE corner of South Dakota.

CH (COL) David Gunderson