Archive for December 2019

Topic for 12/17

Sunday we discussed that while the Gospel has been entrusted to us (to spread it) it is ultimately entrusted to Jesus (who guarantees it). We read a few "Christmas" passages which are not traditional Nativity passages and discussed the purpose and reason for Jesus' incarnation.


List other passages that speak to the work of Jesus in providing our salvation. These can be prophecies, songs, or epistles looking back on his work. Explain how your verse/passage ties into Jesus as the guarantor of the gospel.

Published on December 16, 2019 at 11:10 pm |

Topic for 12/3

Sunday, we talked about how Paul was experiencing a range of physical, mental, and emotional discomfort. He is writing to Timothy to ask for help. The question then is what should we be doing to help those around us—especially if they, unlike Paul, are not willing to ask for help.

Read and evaluate the following article. See where this author mirrors the advice given Sunday (whether it is for helping others or taking care of yourself). What is in line with our three points of need and what differs?

  1. Some people have been abandoned
  2. Some people feel melancholy
  3. Some people have physical needs

Please feel free to share other relevant Scripture

[The following is an answer by psychologist Anita Sanz to a question about Holiday Depression on the website Quora.]

Managing Expectations

Although the holidays can be a time for celebration and a return to the faith or values or people that help provide support for us, all of the increased demands on our time, energy, patience, and flexibility can take a toll. People greeting each other with the expression “Happy Holidays!” can even be perceived by someone with depression as a demand or an expectation they cannot meet.

For those managing depression who may already be struggling with symptoms of fatigue, irritability, sadness, and feeling unable to cope with change or additional stress, the result of all the additional stress of the holidays can be simply feeling unable to meet those expectations, which can unfortunately lead to increased feelings of depression.

When one of the expectations of the holidays is to be “happy,” there is a 100% chance of failure for the person with depression. A common symptom of depression is anhedonia, or the loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities or the inability to experience pleasure.

Due to the increase in stressful demands, inability to sidestep family issues, and difficulty managing expectations, the holidays can leave a person dealing with depression with increased feelings of sadness, guilt, inadequacy, overwhelm, alienation, and unworthiness.

What Helps?

Managing depression during the holidays requires finding effective ways to manage all of the stressors listed above.

Reducing, eliminating, or finding creative ways to deal with holiday-specific demands on your time, energy, and emotions are important and working with a therapist or accessing other resources on coping with depression may help.

Having a plan for managing family issues or avoiding them entirely this season may be necessary to prevent an increase in depressive symptoms.

Set realistic expectations, first for yourself, and then communicate what those are to others. You may need to modify the typical “holiday survival tip” advice that is given if you are managing a depressive episode. Instead, give yourself credit for basic functioning, and try not to worry too much about meeting extra expectations simply because it is the holidays. There will be other ones and they can be different than this one. Coming out of the holidays in the same (or better condition) as you went into them should be the goal.

Published on December 3, 2019 at 10:56 am |