Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is commonly known to happen in Alaska where there are long periods of darkness. Many people experience SAD during the winter months (due to the weather’s darker periods) or during seasonal holidays. The symptoms include fatigue, depression, hopelessness, and social withdrawal. And, the most effective therapy is: LIGHT therapy.
In Matthew 5:14, it
should be no surprise that Jesus told His disciples that they are the LIGHT of
the world. Matthew 5:16 points out that we are called to let our “light shine”
so there is no room for darkness. In Genesis 1:2-4, we find darkness on Earth
and God said, “let there be light.” And, He
“separated the light from the dark.”
Studies could have said
that SAD is a “normal reaction” to too much darkness. Yet, we are warned not to be comfortable in the dark so
that exposure to the light blinds us. Light guides us and shows us the “way”. Psalm
119:105, says “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light
unto my path.” Simply put, our vision is key to seeing the light to ensure we
are on the right path.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil (John 3:19). The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light (Isaiah 9:2). We invite you …come let us walk in the light of the Lord (Isaiah 2:5).
Chispa Magazine writer, Kuan-Yin T Timothee, MBA, JD is a descendant of Asian and Latin roots, an Army Vet, who decided her life was not over while married and raising four children pursued and obtained her bachelors, masters, and law degrees. While she always was a woman’s champion and loved the Lord since 18, her experiences with the Lord strengthened her resolve to help women live on, and in their purpose. Divorced and now happily married to her grade-school sweetheart, she is more certain than ever that the journey with Christ was never meant to be a “perfect life” but always an intentional one. She loves the study of The Word and desires to seek the Lord and fulfill her purpose with passion and power. As a friend, wife, mother and grandmother, she thrives to help women, the world sees as "victims" or "battered" as women that can survive. Having led young ladies’ ministries, Kuan-Yin looks to effectuate the change that many are afraid to take, yet necessary in order to reach the next level. She is firm believer in pushing women to be their all, know who God is, and what He wants to do in their lives.
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