Fall Back Not Under

November 1, 2014
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Germany and its World War I allies began the practice on April 30, 1916, as a way to conserve coal. America soon followed suit.

When I was a child, I relished the extra daylight hours that Daylight Saving Time provided. There was more time to play outside with my friends. But in the fall, I loathed the long hours of darkness.

As an adult, the "falling back one hour" — along with the decreased amount of light — often leads me and hundreds of others into a gloomy and sometimes depressed mood that physicians have labelled the "winter blues", and in its more severe form, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). I find myself out of energy and struggling to make it through the day. My body craves more light, more vigour.

David knew nothing about DST or SAD, but he did know a little about being down in the dumps.

Psalm 40:1-2 – I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. (NLT)

Practical advice for fighting SAD includes having a well-lit home during the winter months and going outside on warm days to soak up sunshine. A light box or fluorescent lights are also good investments. In more serious cases, physicians can prescribe anti-depressants.

But any or all of the above should be combined with letting more of the Son in. I can flood my soul with spiritual exercises just as I flood my home with artificial light. As I sit by the bright lights, I can read and meditate on God's Word, journal my thoughts, reflect on how God has met my needs in the past and in the present, and praise Him for all the good things in life.

Don't let Satan tempt you to fall under when all you've really done is fall back.

Prayer: Merciful Father, when the blues set in, encourage us to trust You to drive them away. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you Martin.

    Amen to your prayer.

    Very cool analogy. Thank you for it!!

    A real encouragement Martin.
    Blessings in Christ.

    Thank you Martin!
    Much to think about the effect of light!
    God bless!

    Dear Martin Wiles,
    Thank you so much for the encouragement.
    May I add that candle light also contributes to some serenity in dark winter months.
    Blessings on you as you continue to serve us with your gifts!

    Hi Martin, thanks for writing on this topic. It’s interesting how light affects our lives. The loss of daylight hours seems to trigger an adverse effect in a lot of people. It also comes at a time when they are feeling lonely around the holiday season. I think many readers will appreciate your insights.

    Martin: Your subject’s ‘take off’ on this morning’s Devotional was worth repetitive reading, as I did. I shall keep the Light in mind as I continue care giving my beloved wife as she adjusts to the only ‘home’ henceforth which shall be a Nursing Home.
    I look forward to the moral and encouraging support my faith receives each morning when reading thoughtful subjects like yours. I then try to share that news, that feeling, that faith, that encouragement, every time I visit her.
    Thank you Martin.

    Thank you for those thoughtful words re SAD. I do believe we need to work at those methods suggested when we succumb to the dark days and dark thoughts. I seem to find this a challenge each winter as the years go by!!
    Turning to scripture always revives my flagging spirit. Blessings.

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