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  1. Pastorlewie
    December 22, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    Jeff your post reminded me of not only my own battle with depression but also the season of life where I suffered from CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome) for about 18 months in the mid 90’s. I was pastoring in WA at the time and if not for the grace and courage and hard work of my administrative assistant at the church it could have been even more devastating. There are about ten different symptoms that characterize this illness including muscle aches, IBS, sleeplessness, etc. Symptoms like these make a man look and act lazy. So, well meaning people around him try to cheer him up with motivational pep talks designed to remotivate an obviously (externally) under motivated male. This, in turn, causes even more mental stress and exascerbates the whole cycle. I happened to be fortunate and they found elevated Epstein Barr antibodies in my blood work connecting the episode to a response to exposure to a nasty virus. What about the thousands of folks who try to find help within the medical community only to be told that there is no detectable normal source for their illness. Toxicity in our water, air and foods are creating an environment that undermines our God given natural defenses to disease and depression. May the Lord, by His great mercies, raise up within the Church a grace-filled haven for the least of these our brethren.


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