Here's a sampling of drawings and prayers from Mara Measor's upcoming book about her struggle with depression.
“Lord, living in a busy city clouds my vision. So many things everywhere…The moment I don’t know where I’m going, I get tugged and pulled in all these different directions. I get overwhelmed.”
“Lord, I’ve been so restless! So aimless and yet so desperate for something. I don’t know what it is. I’m not at peace with where I am, and my heart is noisy.”
“God, you’re so big, so mysterious. You like to use the foolish to shame the wise…May I be the kind of fool you love.”
“I’m scared right now. I’m scared of not knowing what I’m doing. Scared of going for the wrong things. Scared I’m all wrong. Restore me, oh God.”
“Tonight, I looked in the mirror. I cried, and I prayed: Make this beautiful.”
“My ambitions. Lift them from me and refine them, please. Take them. Break them. Bless them. Then give them back. I’m with you, God. I will have peace with your pace. Take your time with me.”
“Lord, I often feel paralyzed. I suppose it’s no wonder–I have such a terrible habit of taking my eyes off of you. It’s funny how I can see the problem, and even the solution, but I just stay paralyzed. Well. It’s not funny at all.”
“Father…sometimes, I’m very embarrassed to say, I don’t think I believe that you love me more than I love you. I’m sorry! But your love bends trees.”
“Father, thank you for healing me. So slowly, but so surely. I can almost taste the freedom you give.”
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