Dark Night of the Soul
SLIDE 1 Pre-Introduction
· Prayer Requests
Introduction - Downcast - Finding Hope in Depression
Dark Night of the Soul Despair Demoralization
physical Doctor - Mental Illness – Chemical Imbalance Suicidal – Get Help Pray for them especially
2 Corinthians 7:6 (ESV) — But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us…
SLIDE 2 Psalm 42:5 (ESV) — Why are you cast down O MY SOUL, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation…
· Being Downcast is as much SPIRITUAL as it is Mental!
SLIDE 3 Ps. 88. 1-7 – Last Week - Demoralization
Demoralization - It is characterized by a combination of distress and subjective incompetence
SLIDE 4 Ps. 88. 8-12 – This Week - Despair
Despair is understood broadly as “an entire want of hope.”
SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION · “Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you, and finds you well.” · Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man Insane. --"Red"
SLIDE 5 Dark Night of the Soul Ps 88.9-18
is often used informally to describe an extremely difficult and painful period in one’s life
Roman Catholic brothers and sisters In his book, Dark Nights of the Soul, the psychotherapist and former Catholic monk, Thomas Moore, makes an important observation. He writes, “The dark night calls for a spiritual response, not only a therapeutic one.” Psychiatrictimes.com
For nearly 50 years, Mother Teresa endured what the church calls a “dark night of the soul” — a period of spiritual doubt, despair and loneliness that many of the great mystics experienced, her namesake St. Therese of Lisieux included. In Mother Teresa’s case, the dark night lasted most of her adult life — an almost unheard of trial. -APNEWS
o Almost no one knew this until AFTER she died
SLIDE 6 1 Kings 19:1-8 (on screen is VERSE 4)
The Month of January for Rob
SLIDE 7 The Problem:
· Does God Hear my Cry (Lament)? YES
o Psalm 88:2 (ESV) — 2Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry!
Will I ever experience Hope again?- Jesus raised from the dead
Psalm 88:10 (ESV) — Do you work wonders for the dead? Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah Will I ever be able to be to experience Intimacy with God again?
o Psalm 88:14 (ESV) - O Lord, why do you cast my soul away? Why do you hide your face from me?
SLIDE 8 - 1 Kings 19. 9- 14 (On Screen -19:11–12)
SLIDE 9 Finding Hope when DOWNCAST – Job 1-3, 42
· Use Downcast Handout
· SLIDE 10 – Pursue Christian Counseling
SLIDE 11 Finding Hope when Downcast