Ordinary Sunday 12, Year C
Depression has been a blessing for my ministry, shaping me as a compassionate pastor, and building trust. In one way or another innumerable servants of God have experienced the disillusionment or even despair voiced by Elijah in 1 Kings 19.
Depression is simply one of many frailties experienced by human beings in an imperfect world. God’s purpose always is to use pain to build Christ-likeness and channel his grace to others.
My first sermon on return from extended sick leave due to a bout of depression. Strikingly, the lectionary for the day included the very passage I had in mind.