Overcoming Depression

November 1, 2017
Hymns: 245, 175, 7
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15:6…Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
12 …And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.
13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.
30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot:
18:5 …the king commanded Joab…saying, Deal gently for my sake with …Absalom…
6 …and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim;
7 …and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men.
9 …And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.
14 Then Joab …took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.
15 And ten young men…compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him.
21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou hast seen.
24 And David sat between the two gates: and the watchman went up to the roof over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold a man running alone.
32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is.
33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!
19:2 And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people: for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved for his son.


77:3…my spirit was overwhelmed.
42:6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me:
7 … all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

PROVERBS (New American Standard Bible)

15:13 A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,
But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.


34:18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart;
40:2 He brought me up …out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
3 And he…put a new song in my mouth,
3:3 … thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
42:11… hope thou in God: …who is the health of my countenance,


41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;

I PETER (Easy-to-Read Version)

4:12 My friends, don’t be surprised at the painful things that you are now suffering, which are testing your faith. Don’t think that something strange is happening to you.


10:13 No temptation has come your way that is too hard for flesh and blood to bear. But God can be trusted not to allow you to suffer any temptation beyond your powers of endurance. He will see to it that every temptation has a way out, so that it will never be impossible for you to bear it.


1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


7:6 God,…comforteth those that are cast down,…


40:1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.



12:2 … be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind


4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things arepure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.


4:8 …we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.


16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.


By Mary Baker Eddy

SH 596:20-27

Valley. Depression; meekness; darkness.

“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” (Psalm xxiii. 4.)


Though the way is dark in mortal sense, divine Life and Love illumine it, destroy the unrest of mortal thought, the fear of death, and the supposed reality of error. Christian Science, contradicting sense, maketh the valley to bud and blossom as the rose.

SH 322:26

The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love. Then we begin to learn Life in divine Science. Without this process of weaning, “Canst thou by searching find out God?” It is easier to desire Truth than to rid one’s self of error. Mortals may seek the understanding of Christian Science, but they will not be able to glean from Christian Science the facts of being without striving for them. This strife consists in the endeavor to forsake error of every kind and to possess no other consciousness but good.

SH 377:3

If grief causes suffering, convince the sufferer that affliction is often the source of joy, and that he should rejoice always in ever-present Love.


SH 66:3-16

Sweet are the uses of adversity;
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

Trials teach mortals not to lean on a material staff, —a broken reed, which pierces the heart. We do not half remember this in the sunshine of joy and prosperity. Sorrow is salutary. Through great tribulation we enter the kingdom. Trials are proofs of God’s care. Spiritual development germinates not from seed sown in the soil of material hopes, but when these decay, Love propagates anew the higher joys of Spirit, which have no taint of earth. Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love.

SH 420:17-18

The fact that Truth overcomes both disease and sin reassures depressed hope.

SH 162:3-7, 9

Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth.

The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind.

SH 390:32-2

Rise in the conscious strength of the spirit of Truth to overthrow the plea of mortal mind, alias matter, arrayed against the supremacy of Spirit.


SH 392:22-33, 25-26 Stand (to realized)

Your decisions will master you, whichever direction they take.
Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized…


SH 14:12-18

Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, — neither in nor of matter, — and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well. Sorrow is turned into joy when the body is controlled by spiritual Life, Truth, and Love.

SH 40:31-10

The nature of Christianity is peaceful and blessed, but in order to enter into the kingdom, the anchor of hope must be cast beyond the veil of matter into the Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us; and this advance beyond matter must come through the joys and triumphs of the righteous as well as through their sorrows and afflictions. Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.


The God-inspired walk calmly on though it be with bleeding footprints, and in the hereafter they will reap what they now sow.

SH 299:7-11

My angels are exalted thoughts, appearing at the door of some sepulchre, in which human belief has buried its fondest earthly hopes. With white fingers they point upward to a new and glorified trust, to higher ideals of life and its joys.

SH 45:16

Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts! Christ hath rolled away the stone from the door of human hope and faith, and through the revelation and demonstration of life in God, hath elevated them to possible at-one-ment with the spiritual idea of man and his divine Principle, Love.







By Albert F. Gilmore

Christian Science Sentinel
September 1924

…it may be asserted, depression arises from giving way to the claims of material sense. Who that accepts the round of human experience as real and the mortal as the true man does not yield to temptation constantly? The Lord’s Prayer, “Lead us not into temptation,” includes in its perspective the greatest and indeed the most commonly indulged temptation to accept mortal experience as real with its round of disappointments, sorrows, and defeats. Our Leader’s interpretation of this passage illumines the situation: “And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death” (Science and Health, p. 17). On this basis one may avoid the temptation of depression, rejoicing in the knowledge of God. And thanks be to God, we are shown the way! Christ Jesus became the great Exemplar for just this purpose; and our beloved Leader has given us directions so explicit that none who would rise out of the pit of depression, whatever its occasion, may fail.

Of a common phase of this mental state Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health (p. 377): “If grief causes suffering, convince the sufferer that affliction is often the source of joy, and that he should rejoice always in ever-present Love.” Who, indeed, could for a moment indulge, for whatsoever reason, the baneful sense of depression, if he even caught a glimpse of the fact that our Leader here so clearly sets forth, the great fact of ever present Love? Who could but rejoice in the contemplation of infinite Love, ever present and all-inclusive?

What more effective means of denying the seeming reality of evil than to realize that the Love that never faileth is ever present and omnipotent, and includes within its beneficent radiance all of God’s children? It must have been contemplation of this sublime fact that enabled the Revelator to exclaim, “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.” If we dwell in that state of spiritual consciousness which our Leader has described as the real man’s estate, then we too may rejoice as those that actually dwell in heaven. Surely, in this exalted thought depression has no place.