You are exhausted, overwhelmed, and depressed with no apparent way to get out of your circumstances. Sometimes that depression can sink so low it may seem as if the only way out is to take your life. You are not alone in your struggle even though it seems that way most of the time.
If you are struggling with depression or know of someone who is, please read this tender yet honest sermon from Chris Erdman about the death of his friend and Pastor Jamie Evans. I knew Jamie as a child as his parents were and still are dear friends of my parents. His father, Louis Evans Jr., now deceased, was also my pastor at National Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. He taught me to have a passionate love for God in spite of my difficult circumstances or struggles.
I have nothing but fond memories of Jamie, his son, as he would often pick my brother and I up to attend youth functions at our church. He was always so full of energy and life, so much fun to be around. In fact, my first motorcycle ride, much to the dismay of my parents, was on the back of his bike.
This wonderfully written sermon is a testimony to Jamie’s life and struggles with ADHD, dyslexia and depression. It reminds us of the importance of treating mental illness and not pretending everything is OK when it is not. It is well worth your time to read and hopefully will be an inspiration to reach out for help when you are feeling depressed.
There is hope for your exhaustion. Repairing, restoring, and rebuilding relationships takes time, energy and effort. If you find yourself needing more help during this process, please call our offices at 407-647-7005 to schedule an appointment. Or you can send me a quick email at email@example.com.
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