Do you know anyone who is suffering from a mental illness?
That sentence usually brings to mind people with schizophrenia, OCD or posttraumatic stress disorder. We think of people that have a mental condition that is apparent in the physical being. We see their struggle, so we sympathize with their condition.
But what about those people who suffer with those silent and invisible problems? What about those millions of people who suffer from depression and anxiety disorders? Did you know that nearly 7% of adult Americans suffer from clinical depression? Millions of people with a medical condition that they are ashamed of, or afraid to share with others. Unable to explain how they feel to those who have never had to experience the incredible loneliness. Unable to explain that they are more than just sad. Unable to just “snap out of it.”
In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth, a life full of the most atrocious tortures on earth, will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel. — Mother Teresa
Today, I am asking for prayers for all those people. I am asking that if you know someone who is suffering, I hope you try to understand their view of the world. I pray that if you are suffering, you find someone to talk to, to help you, and to love you. I pray you find peace and see some beauty in today. I hope you feel God’s love.
There are so many suffering from mental illnesses. Today, I just ask that they could find peace. I ask that they feel your love, your grace, and your comfort. I pray that they have people around them that are understanding, patient and loving.
In your loving name,