I have had depression and anxiety for about 3 years and it started due to family issues one of them being a family member passing away. I went down a dark path and I thought that God was punishing me for something I did. I couldn’t even finish out my 8th grade school year because my anxiety and depression was so bad. I had been self harming and had thoughts of suicide. I did receive help through counseling and medication but I still felt empty and depressed. That changed after I started going back to church. That is where I first heard the song Mended by Matthew West. My favorite line is “you see the scars from when you fell, I se the stories they will tell.” I have my scars from self harming and I was ashamed of them but now I embrace them. The story my scars tell is that I may have stumbled and fell but I got back up.
As our culture is increasingly resistant to Christian perspectives, it is more important than ever that we be able to communicate effectively with those who disagree with us.