There's a lot of SAD people about these days. I blame the weather. There's no let up from those 'winter blues'. The jet stream has shifted south for good. Instead of those long, hot, sunny days of summer, they're wet, cold and grey.
SAD is Seasonal Affective Disorder. It's a condition that affects many of us when we don't get enough sunlight. Symptoms are dog tiredness, depression, lack of energy, and weight gain. No light - no will to live!
So our hearts sink at the thought of another summer of miserable weather. Is there anything to keep us from getting sad? Yes! but in an unexpected place. And it doesn't depend on the weather.
When God created the world, at one point he said, 'Let there be light' and there was light. (Genesis 1v3). Many thousands of years later, talking of those who had heard and received the good news about Jesus Christ, we're told '...God made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.'
In the Bible, the human heart is the control room of our deepest feelings and desires. The condition of our heart affects our whole outlook on life. What God promises to do, when we hear and receive the Bible's message about Jesus, is shine his light in our otherwise dark hearts forever.
This means that, whatever the weather, we can find the deepest and most satisfying reasons to rejoice and be glad. But the source of our light and joy is Jesus, and we read about him in the New Testament of the Bible.
So, instead of reading the latest biography of a celebrity for your summer holiday, why not read one or more of the Gospels about Jesus Christ. In John's Gospel Jesus says, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.' (John 8v12).
No need to be sad this summer.
Simon Smallwood - Pastor