On Saturday a teammate and I went to visit my former neighbor, “Zoe”, and her grown daughter. Zoe was recently diagnosed with depression, had just started her medication, and was laying on the couch when we came. As we were talking, she told me that her Psychiatrist explained, “It’s like you carry a huge burden on your back.” She asked him, “How can I get rid of this burden?” he said, “You can’t. You just have to learn to live with it” and he prescribed medication.

She looked hopeless! I don’t blame her. Her adult sons entered the room then and the topic changed immediately, so I wasn’t able to share much spiritually with her.

In the end, my teammate and I said we would pray for her and that God would give her hope and His love to help her. I plan to call her frequently, and to find time to visit her again soon so I can share scripture with her, “giving an answer for the hope we have within” and the One who can lift her burden.  She’s heard the gospel before but is non-discerning and accepts all religions “just in case.”

Please pray for me to find time to go to her – we don’t live near her anymore so it will take a full day, which is hard to find in our busy schedules, but I’m burdened for her. Join me in praying for Zoe – that she will discern truth; that she will find her rest and comfort in Jesus: Matthew 11:28-30:

28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Pray that the Lord will bring salvation to her home – for her husband and her adult children (all living at home).


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