For the depressed, there is hope.
As a pastor, I am here to help them find it.
I have no greater joy than to see souls find new life in Jesus Christ.
But when I first meet another soul, it is often heavy to bear their burden.
When I first met with Alejandra there was a weight on her life.
She told me about a childhood of abuse.
She told me about her mom committing suicide when she was 10.
She told me about attempting suicide herself when she was 16.
Even the joy of having children or falling in love could not stop the overwhelming sense of depression.
She was hopeless.
Many would consider Alejandra a victim of her tragic circumstances.
By this time, there were years of medication and therapy.
But still she sat in front of me with the weight of the whole world on her shoulders.
And she gave the weight a name: guilt.
There was shame for how she had acted in her life. The shame went all the way back to when she was a young girl.
She confessed there was sin she did not know what to do with.
Others had told her to forgive herself.
She had been told she had done nothing wrong.
So, what should I say to this weary soul sitting on the other side of my desk?
What would you say?
The truth is when it comes to sin there is only one way out.
We cannot medicate it.
Therapy will not heal it.
God commands all people everywhere to REPENT.
If we want his forgiveness then we must confess our sin.
We must confess Jesus is the Son of God.
He paid the penalty for our sin when he died on the cross.
He offers us a new life through his resurrection from the dead.
That’s what I told Alejandra.
I am sure to many this sounds harsh to say to someone who is depressed.
But that’s sure not how Alejandra took it.
She went home and prayed.
She found freedom from her depression.
For the first time in her life, her burden was light and her soul was at rest.
Alejandra had hope.
This is what she said when she got baptized at our church this weekend.
This is a testimony worth sharing.