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).
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