Sunrise By David Coy: Life’s Billows

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By David Coy
Sunrise

Someone has said the world is submerged in worry and fear. That states the mental health of not only our nation, but the world is in crisis. Is it because of factually untrue information? Six percent from the virus, how many from isolation and depression? Obviously, we cannot fix this issue by just saying, “Cheer up everything will be fine.” Yes, we can be overcome especially when our mental health is compromised. One study conducted by David Balk of Kansas State University suggests that 25 percent of college students experience a death in their family within a year’s time and 30 percent experienced the death of a friend. Death is believed to be the last taboo for society. We do not like to talk about it. Yet, we must learn to talk about it truthfully along with the subject of mental health. They both are on the increase and need to be discussed.
The meaning of billows as a verb is to rise or roll in a large wave. Sometimes, sorrow comes upon us in multitudes, and if and when it does happen, how should we deal with it? Beth Vaughan Cole suggests we make friends of a wide variety of people. I like that idea. True friends, like family, are to be cherished. Gratitude is a prime key to mental health and happiness. While we cannot rely upon the press, social media or government organizations to be truthful, there is one place that is totally reliable, Jehovah God’s word. “Blessed is the person who remains steadfast under trial (testing, temptation)….” – James 1:12. There is benefit to patient endurance of trials and tribulations of life. We cannot always control what come our way in life no more than we can control what others say. We can control how we respond. There is strength in truth and in numbers. Support in truth one another in times of ease and times of tribulation.
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