October 26, 2015

Peace of Mind. We want it. We need it. But for some, it is elusive—an impossible dream.

Do you know how many families are affected by mental illness?

Do you know how many people have considered ending their own lives, seeing no other option for dealing with despair, disappointment, and pain?

Perhaps you suffer silently, thinking if you step out, you will be shunned and shamed. Too many times we offer trite and shallow advice. “Pray about it.” “Grow up and get control.” “Here’s a Bible verse.” Such statements have created an atmosphere of silence and secrecy. This is simply not right.

The Bible has much to say about illnesses of the mind. Sadly, our church has really never addressed these issues. So we take the Sundays of November to focus our attention on what the Bible says and how we can help individuals and families cope and find peace of mind.

We will begin with Joe Padilla, who leads Grace Alliance. This ministry addresses the needs of those who suffer mental illnesses as well as of their families. He will teach in our morning services on November 1 and will convene a session on Sunday evening at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Center. If you have dealt with or know someone who has walked the path of depression, bi-polar disorder, or some other mental health issue, then I hope you will attend.

I’m not sure where these days will take us, but I am ready to find out. I ask you to join me.

Your Pastor,

Stephen G. Hatfield, Ph.D.

Psalm 36:5-10

When you praise God in your daily prayers or quiet time, what do you say to him?

Aren’t you glad David, the human author of this psalm, wrote down his thoughts so we can read and experience them, too?

Read these words once more, and this time, offer them as your prayer to God. Let the words of this psalm become your prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God. Focus on one of the phrases that speaks to your heart. Let it be your prayer of praise all day long.