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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hope (05/04/06)

TITLE: Depression
By Sara O Rodriguez


We often hear the expression, ďthat was hellĒ when dealing with a difficult situation. Of course we donít know exactly what hell is like, unless weíve been there. However, for someone who has battled clinical depression as I have, hell becomes very real. Depression can be summed up in one word, hopelessness. This hopelessness is driven by the fear that your life is never going to be normal, you are never going to be happy, and thereís nothing anyone could do to help you, not even God. Thatís hell.
When did it begin? I donít really know, it just seems to have always been there, even during childhood. It haunted me during the day and I battled its terror in the darkness of night as nightmare after nightmare disrupted my sleep. Sometimes it was under my bed as an angry beast waiting for me to put my feet on the floor so it could devour me, with its horrid sharp fangs. Other times it came in form of a dark giant threatening to snuff the very life out of me as I laid helpless. As I grew up it turned into real people that hurt me and pushed me deeper and deeper into despair. So how is this a story of hope? Well, I never understood hope until I was totally hopeless. As I rapidly descended into what I felt, was a bottomless pit of depression, God stepped in and began to teach me about his mercy and unconditional love. As I slowly began to understand and accept his love for me, hope began to grow inside of my soul and the depressive darkness began to disperse. Hope that my life could, after all, be made whole as Iíve never known it to be.
It has taken years to trudge through a lot of the muck of the past but through it all God has never giving up on me, and has kept me from giving up on my self. Every day he shows me that with him all things are possible including healing of past hurts and that life is worth living because of his great love for me. Thatís hope.

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Edy T Johnson 05/12/06
Your writer's voice is very expressive and interesting. I would like to read an expanded version of this article, to include examples or details of how God lifted you out of that pit of depression, and, what He has given in its place. (An extra line of white space between paragraphs would make it visually easier to read, also.) Thank you for writing on a much appreciated topic!
Helen Paynter05/15/06
You've onviously got a great story to tell - I felt a bit disappointed that you only treated us to the headlines. Give us some examples, please! Make it real! Tell me a story!! Thanks for sharing.
angela belock05/16/06
I am extremely proud of you to have the courage to stand up and talk about your depression. Most people with depression don't have enough self-worth to stand up and communicate how over powering it can be. Your a true blessing to those who struggle daily with this problem. God Bless!!!
Stevie McHugh04/27/07
You've done a wonderful job of describing depression and the hope God gives for a better life. This topic could help a lot of people. I hope you'll keep writing. Bless you!