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Depression: When The Dark Night of The Soul Stays Through The Morning

April 18, 2015

This is perhaps one of the best things ever written about depression. The author is a pastor who writes a lot about mental health, the LGBT community, and the challenges of living an authentic Christ-centered life in the 21st century. Enjoy!

john pavlovitz


I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. Psalm 6:6

People speak about a dark night of the soul. 

It’s a place where both light and hope flee together; where a black heaviness settles upon your chest and makes your breathing short and labored. 

In those loneliest of hours, your demons both real and imagined, get the upper hand and faith is elusive.

I know this place well.

I have spent far too many nights in that blackness acting as the prosecuting attorney against myself; listing off the countless failures and flaws that have brought me to this desperate moment.

When you’re there in the shadow places, the case against you and against the future seems iron clad. You feel anxious and overwhelmed and totally justified to be both. You conspire with the demons to make yourself believe…

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  1. Heather permalink
    April 18, 2015 1:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I shared it, too.

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    • April 18, 2015 4:21 pm

      posting this remark on John’s page too

      Unfortunately I know this too well. Thank you for sharing it, praying God will loosen your bonds/our bonds.

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