Today is reportedly the most depressing day of the year for those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere.

The press release originally responsible for Blue Monday has been derided as pseudo-science, but our social media age loves nothing better than an awareness day, so over the past few years you may have noticed more and more companies, posts, and memes mentioning it.

According to Wikipedia, factors used to calculate this depressing day include weather conditions, debt levels, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels, and feeling a need to take action.

Personally, I find January a very difficult month. Apart from struggling with the lack of daylight, It’s cold, it’s grey, Christmas has passed. We’re all struggling with the consequences of overconsumption. We’re battered by a gospel of self-improvement, goal-setting, planning.

Do better, the internet screams at us for most of January. Plan more, stop eating that, put more work in. But this way of death will never give us lasting fulfilment or un-Blue our Monday.

I have to admit that this morning, when I woke up, I was feeling a very definite shade of blue. On the bus, I was thinking about “Blue Monday” and what a Christian response to it looks like. Instead of being encouraged to take refuge in holidays, alcohol or retail therapy, how do we respond to the depressing darkness that many feel most keenly in the winter months?

When the Living God created the world, the day moved from darkness at the start of the day to light at the end of the day. This daily pronouncement of the gospel reminds us that however dark things may seem, there is hope. Christ has come! Light has dawned. Even if we never pick our Bibles up, creation shows us in vivid splendour that the darkness doesn’t last.

I know I can’t keep going, but Christ is here. There is hope.

I feel oppressed by my shortcomings, but Christ has done everything I need.

The darkness closes in, but the Light has come.

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.

However blue (or black) we may feel today, we know that the risen Jesus will return in a blaze of glory, bringing eternal light and life to all who trust in Him.

Lots of love in Him,

Menekse x

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