As a congregation we are glad to lift up our voices and our spirits to break the silence that often happens when we are face to face with mental illness.
As a faith community we name the gifts and the often unnamed experiences which come to those who live with mental illness. Illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, addictions, ADHD, schizophrenia (to name only a few).
We name HOPE which strengthens our spirit through honest sharing;
The PAIN when people turn away because of fear;
The COURAGE to speak in a safe place the way that Jesus spoke truth with love;
The STRENGTH from being with others who listen compassionately;
The ISOLATION that comes when no one knows what to say;
The REALIZATION that mental illnesses and brain disorders can be managed and cared for;
The EXHAUSTION that comes for those living with a mental illness as well as the caregivers;
The WISDOM that comes when we become educated about mental health and illness;
The WELCOME that comes when we walk alongside those who show both vulnerability and resilience in their lives affected by mental illness.
Loving God, We receive these gifts that we have named: those that are welcomed and those that are challenges.
We come before You, our God. Knowing that with your presence we are not alone and that you will show us a way to be and live in Your love.
We offer these gifts, these experiences, and our lives to you.
In the name of Jesus we pray.