Bringing the Text to Life
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Learning to trust God in one's darkest hour can sometimes look a lot like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). But it is much more. How does the psalmist get from the "dark night of the soul" to the "joy [that] comes in the morning"?
For material based on today's gospel text, see "Viral Church," July 4, 2010, at HomileticsOnline.com.
Here's a story: For Anna, a retired attorney living in Philadelphia, life began to unravel in 2005 when her husband of 30 years announced he was leaving her for another woman. She'd never expected her marriage to end, and while trying to deal with the fact that it had, she found herself feeling tired all the time and thinking: "It's all my fault," "I messed up everything," "I'm worthless." The facts didn't require any of those conclusions, but Anna couldn't escape them. She tried antidepressants, but they made her even more tired.
Searching for help, Anna eventually found a counselor who introduced her to another kind of remedy, ...