“I’m so depressed….” This is not such an unfamiliar phrase these days. With the economy doing such havoc on so many fronts; and therefore individuals; and with so many people, now, on the public dole…. There is no wonder that D-E-P-R-E-S-S-I-O-N is not contagious, or at least rampant. There is no industry that has not gone “un-touched,” save the Federal Government (but that’s another story for another time). Television, movie industry, dot-com’s, banks, restaurants, construction, clothing, automobile, shopping centers, real estate sales, architecture, business consultants, and even our most trusted and beloved charities…all… have taken major hits. The three industries that are showing a comeback is the banking, and the automobile industries have made considerable comeback, and the construction industry in many parts of the nation is beginning to show signs of revival. I have a dear friend in the heavy-equipment industry, who has been laid off three times since 2008. And a number of other friends have gone belly-up, who here-to-fore, were on top of the economic wave. Our military segments have also been hard-hit, not to mention the impact that returning veterans have had on the economy. Depression has taken its toll on every segment of the economy, but most specifically in the family unit. Marriages are falling apart, but they can’t afford to even get a divorce. Suicide is at an all-time high. Our returning veterans are being, un-believably heavly impacted. Drug and alcohol abuse contributes strongly to the woes of depression, only now, to be enhanced by the legalization of marijuana in some states. How does one help another, when they cannot even afford to take care of themselves? Sadly, there is, simultaneously a rampant case of fraud, deceit, white-color crime, scam-artist, senior-citizen-scamming, food stamp and welfare fraud…all… are at an “all-time-high.” God’s Word encourages us to come out of the darkness of depression and to concentrate on helping those others around us who are less fortunate. This takes our focus off of ourselves and helps us to find true peace and joy in serving others. Psalms 34:17 – When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. Psalms 40:1-3 – I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. …Blessings…cjlb…7/24/14.