"Therefore do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?"
- Matthew 6:25

Today has been dubbed "Blue Monday...the most depressing day of the year."Although there isn't any scientific basis to the designation, nonetheless, the monicker has stuck and people are thinking today of all the depressing things going on in their life. Perhaps it got its name because bills from Christmas are now rolling in, the long stretch of short days and long, dark nights or Christmas vacation is over and we don't get another one until Family Day? Perhaps it is because of the cold weather and the endless battle of plugging in cars, pulling on parkas and trying to find where the other mitt went? Whatever the reason, the dark days of winter can seem to stretch on forever and leave some feeling down, depressed and despondent.

In Saskatchewan, we are right in the middle of winter. The excitement of Christmas is over and the prospect of another few months of winter can chill not only our body but our very soul.....its no wonder some feel a little blue.
But wait.....winter may be only half over but the good part is coming next! Days are getting longer, weather is turning warmer and spring flowers are lining up getting ready to poke their heads out of the ground. Today is not a day for gloom, it is a day for optimism!

You see, it's that kind of optimism that characterizes a life walked in the light of Jesus. Those things that could be a downer are a cause for celebration. The low points in life are a road to discovering how God will sustain you and the things that might cripple others becomes an opportunity for your faith to grow. Just because you don't have the things your neighbour has, your health is not as good as it could be, your children are misbehaving and you don't live in Hawaii isn't cause for alarm. There is no need to feel blue because God knows what you need and at just the right time he will provide.

Now, here is the best part! Why will he provide? Look at what Jesus says later in Matthew 6; "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"

The simple reality is that God loves you more than you can even fathom, and he will look out for you, lift you up and hold you close. He will love you in the bright days of summer, the dark days of winter, when everything is going well and when nothing is working out. Regardless of who you are, where you've been or what you've done - God loves you.
Let that sink in and then feel the warm glow of his love lift your burden and melt the blues away.


* just a caveat to this message.............. There is a difference between "the blues" and depression. Depression stems from a number of causes including; chemical imbalance, trauma, genetics and other life events which often requires medical assistance. The good news is, God continues to be with those who are suffering from depression and has equipped medical professionals to offer assistance. If the blues are lasting more than a few days, consult your doctor.

Mike Hoeft
Area Commander
Prairie West/ Emergency and Disaster Services Director
Prairie Division