Darkness and Friendship

17 All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.
18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor—darkness is my closest friend. Psalm 88:17-18

Years ago, Simon and Garfunkel recorded a great ballad that begins:

Hello Darkness my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again

Perhaps this singing duo knew about the despair the sons of Korah experienced.

What is it like to experience what they experienced? What is it like to be absolutely overwhelmed with life and circumstances? We all get down on occasion but being in the midst of terrible and prolonged depression is not a fun place to be.

If this is your situation, reach out to one or two people. I know it seems like the most difficult thing in the world to do when you’re this way, but it’s the best thing you can do. Tell them your struggles. It goes without saying that you are already reaching out to God, but I think that everyone needs other people in their lives to talk to about very personal and real things. There’s a very good reason God put others on this planet, namely so that we can at least have a friend or two to ride out the storms of life.

Be encouraged, my friends, be encouraged.

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