The S.A.D. of February

There are reasons why we all get a little down in February. Both my mom’s parents passed in February, so I have some accumulating memories over that. Family Day (in parts of Canada) and Valentine’s Day are supposed to cheer us up, I guess.

But some people are S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) all winter. Think about it. Notice how bright and happy you are on a sunny day and how quickly you get depressed on a gray rainy one.

S.A.D. may show up as low levels of melatonin and serotonin, eating behaviors like overdosing on carbs, and with that of course, weight gain, and trouble sleeping.

The problem is that since eyes bring light into the body, they are not getting enough light. There are special lamps for this and thirty minutes per day under these special lights do help.
There is another type of lack of sun that affects all of us at one time or another. Jesus is the light of the world.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, NIV)

If you don’t have his light in you, you cannot be a light to the world.

“You are the light of the world. People light a lamp and put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16, NIV)

Prayer- Father God, when we get too far into darkness, just draw us back to the light of Jesus. Amen.

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