Deeply Loved Day 15- The Blues






I've had the opportunity to read  the book Deeply Loved by Keri Wyatt Kent. I wrote about the book in this post.  Today's chapter for Day 15 in the counting of days of the Lenten period is called "The Blues."

I chose this chapter purposefully. I often have "the blues." I'm not a person who talks about feelings very often, so I don't talk much about it. But I have been deeply in the blues before and taken medication for that. It is much better now, but there are still those dark days. I am especially sensitive to the winter weather, and the cold, dark days of winter bring on the blues feelings so much more.

So, I wondered when I saw the chapter's title: how is the author going to deal with a chapter on feeling the blues in a book about how much Jesus loves us? And when she says "the blues" is she just referring to feeling a little sad sometimes or is she referring to true, dark and desolate depression.

Keri Wyatt Kent begins by talking about the fact that Christians are not automatically happy all the time. She relates her struggle with severe postpartum depression. And she turns to Psalm 42.

Now, I posted before about how I could relate to the laments of the Psalms, and that is how Keri refers to Psalm 42. She talks about reading that psalm during her times of depression and realizing that what she was seeking was Someone to carry her in her weakness. God is that Someone. And His great, great love for us is what sustains us through those times of "the blues."

Each chapter has a section called "Presence Practice," an activity to complete in order to meditate on God's love during this season. This chapter's Presence Practice is to read through Psalm 42- perhaps in a new translation- and to consider what phrases or verses stand out. Then turn those into a simple prayer to God.

I read Psalm 42 in The Voice- one of my new favorite translations. The last verse is one I absolutely love, and I love the way The Voice phrases it:
Why am I so overwrought,
    Why am I so disturbed?
Why can’t I just hope in God?
    Despite all my emotions, I will believe and praise the One
    who saves me, my God.

"Despite all my emotions" I can focus on the overwhelming love that God has for me! Isn't that amazing!

I'm enjoying this devotional and appreciating the opportunity to meditate on God's love throughout this season.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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