Facing dark days

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~ June 17, 2020 – Morning Devotional ~

…I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: Behold, I will heal thee…
~ 2 Kings 20:5, KJV ~

In the Pacific Northwest, it rains. And, normally, we have a good season of summer through June to August. Of course, there is the occasional summer rain. Normally. So far, June 2020 has seemingly been quite gloomy, dark, and wet. Of course, dotted with some small windows of sunny days. The days may seem wet, cold, and dark. However, there is always hope for those Summer sunny days.

We will face the inevitable dark days of life. How we respond allows us to either navigate our way through, or sink in our despair. It begins when we turn to seek God. Secondly, we turn to our close allies – families and friends. Third, we may, if needed, seek professional help. These dark days seem even darker when we face significant sadness due to significant losses. In time, our sadness runs its course. However, Depression may continue to weigh us down if our sadness does not abate. While we react to the ups and downs of every day life, deep rooted depression may require professional intervention.

There are those oft days of light and happiness that dispel the sadness. Yet, they are fleeting. As fleeting as the summer days we’ve so far experienced here for June. Inevitably, the rain comes, the darkness swells, and the days grow gloomy and despondent. We either allow ourselves to sink deeper and withdraw further into our suffocating sadness; or, we do the courageous and difficult task of pulling ourselves out of despair by focusing on the hope and light of God’s love, mercy, and grace.

A priesthood choir from Brigham Young University sings “Master, the Tempest Is Raging.” – April 5, 2015

We will all have some adversity in our lives. I think we can be reasonably sure of that. Some of it will have the potential to be violent and damaging and destructive. Some of it may even strain our faith in a loving God who has the power to administer relief in our behalf.

To those anxieties I think the Father of us all would say, “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” And of course that has to be faith for the whole journey, the entire experience, the fulness of our life, not simply around the bits and pieces and tempestuous moments. At the end of the journey, an end none of us can see now, we will say, “Master, the terror is over. … Linger, Oh, blessed Redeemer! Leave me alone no more.”

Howard W. Hunter – “Master, the Tempest is Raging”

Let us rise up out of our distress. Cry out to our Heavenly Father to save us. Recognize when we are weak in faith. As the Disciples proclaimed to Jesus their fear of the storm that arose while on the Sea of Galilee (see, Mark 4:36-31). Our lives are filled with times of despair and trouble. It is when we heed the wisdom of scripture and those who bring sweet comfort into our troubled hearts that we are able to withstand the storm. Eventually, peace will be found, the calm will be felt, and the rains will stop.

~ Today’s Prayer and Meditation ~

Heavenly Father, let thy peace still my troubled heart in these days of darkness. While the tempest is raging, you are the light and hope guiding me in all truth and understanding. I rest in your care as you bring calm to the raging storms that seek to sink my faith and hope. Bless me with the courage to face those dark days. For I do not stand and face them alone as you are with me. Surround me with those who love and continue to inspire me. Give me the strength to overcome as you have overcame the world. Through your Son, Jesus Christ, I stand firm and solid on the foundation of his love and truth. Amen.

13 thoughts on “Facing dark days

  1. In the midst of troubles, how one reacts to whatever it might be is key to see contentment in all things, whether good or bad at the present time at hand

    Philippians 4:10-12

    Authorized (King James) Version

    10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

    I to this day, do not know how Father and Son will supply, but Father and Son as One (Won) somehow always does. Yet if I do not trust, it does not happen, as I try on my own to get stuff, or ot does and I get fooled again

    The enemy of God, always hanging out to get us off track of just trust as said in Romans 1:16-17

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  2. Timothy,
    This is the first post I have read by you and it is very good. I like the devotional style lay out and of course the subject of despair and a troubled spirit is always relevant and helpful. My favorite line is, “when we heed the wisdom of scripture and those who bring sweet comfort into our troubled heart”

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    1. Mary –

      Thank you for your comment. These devotionals are, hopefully, inspiring to each one of us. More specifically, my hope is that they inspire people struggling with their faith, experiencing a crisis of faith, doubting, or struggling in their own recovery from substance use and mental health-related issues.

      There are many scripture passages that speak to the heart of our despair. Scripture, if we meditate upon them, guide us into the arms of our Savior and into our Heavenly Father’s kingdom. I never realized the spiritual power and impact our faith has on our lives when it is genuine, transparent, and authentic.

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  3. I really appreciated what you said about how we will inevitably face dark days in our life, but how we choose to respond will allow us to either navigate our way out of it or sink in our despair. That really resonated with me and I liked how you shared convicting messages in a kind but thoughtful way.

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  4. Such a sweet reminder that God is with us even in the darkest days. He is our sole hope when things get tough, and they will get tough. I like that you pointed out that people react to and deal with darkness differently, but we can ALL turn to Jesus.

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  5. I like the devotional style of your posts. Comfort, hope, and faith are three concepts that are so intertwined. Comfort and hope come from our faith in and obedience in our walk with Christ.

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  6. Thank you for the reminder that our Heavenly Father is right by our side to offer us genuine comfort and hope during our times of struggle. I’m so grateful for the sweet peace He offers us in life’s storms.

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  7. It is so true that we will all face dark days and how we respond will make the difference. And what a beautiful prayer. Thank you so much! My family lives in the pacific northwest and it was always so rainy and gloomy that I struggled with depression when living there. We now live in the South where the sun is always shining and it has helped me immensely. The depression has never returned. God is so good.

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  8. I grew up in Massachusetts where weather was dark and then light just as you described for the pacific northwest. This is a time of light and dark – I keep trying not to watch TV since it is so negative. And I have a habit of getting sucked into the chaos. Thank you for the prayer it was a great devotion!

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  9. Yes there will be dark days but God has promised us that He has overcome the world. What a joy and comfort to know.

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