The premise of Dr. Stephen Ilardi’s book is that help can be found in anti-depressing behaviors resulting in lifestyle changes he outlines. If we can change our behavior in six areas of our life, we can be helped in finding our way out of depression. Light therapy is one of the six areas that affect our mood. Sunlight is best but during winter can be supplemented by a light box. People from our group (at Church of the Resurrection following Dr. Ilardi’s videos and lessons) who used the light box this past winter reported that there was a comfort and relaxation effect. They would turn on the light box for 1/2 hour while they read their email in the morning. The scientific effect hoped for is an increase of serotonin in the brain to enhance our mood and feeling of well being. It is like the feeling we have after several cloudy gloomy days followed by a bright sunny warm day. We want to get outside and enjoy the day.
Scripture also speaks of light.
The blessing from the book of Numbers 6:24-26 is often repeated today as a benediction closing our worship.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”
This blessing reminds us we are not alone, God does see us and care for us. God is gracious and loves us.
Paul writes us in the book of Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This is another very common benediction often repeated today as a benediction.
Benedictions and blessings are very important. They are a light for our soul. Words of encouragement can brighten our day. Scripture is an enduring book because the words of encouragement and love reveal what is true.
As Christians, when we read “Lord” in the Old Testament, we see Jesus. Jesus is the “Lord” David referred to in Psalm 110:1. So in reading, “The Lord make His face to shine upon you.” Christians see the face of Jesus shining on us. “Jesus is the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12.
As a caregiver I pray the light of Jesus will sustain you and give you peace and hope.