Thursday, February 09, 2006

Praying for students

Down. Depressed. Despairing.

The peak of Winter's cold is here and along with it comes the depressing mood all around. Add to it the cold and intense expectations the whole College is brimming with stressful students struggling with writing papers and preparing for exams. I am upset with my first Hebrew test. After so many hours of study, still there are mistakes with my vowel points. My grades are now at an all-time low. After talking to a few fellow students, I realised that depression is a real thing and it is far more distressing to suffer it alone. Here is where theology and doctrine becomes acutely important.

Thankful that the emphasis on community is attributed in a large way to the Trinitarian doctrinal emphasis. Because God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit living and existing in community, if we say we want to be more like God, we need to behave and live in community. Bearing burdens must never be done alone, for the burden can break one down pretty hard. Doing it together becomes a mysterious uplifting experience. We should not be so naive as to think that when God said "It is not good for man to be alone.", God is only thinking of Adam marrying Eve, fullstop. God has a larger purpose. Yes, 'not to be alone' is not only marriage but more importantly community. Especially so when this period, everyone is prone to depression. That is a big prayer item for all at Regent, and for my family, and me.

Two is better than one. Three is even better.

Eccl. 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

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