Life can be “ruff,” even on a cute little pug. Really, what is it about life that could get even a pug down and depressed?
Yes, life and its complexities do get to us - and it gets to all of us; none of us can really escape it. There are times when all of us, like this pug, simply feel low - even the most optimistic person, or that person who, on the surface, always seems happy-go-lucky.
Of course, the specific things that get to us may not have the same effect on others. Some things act as launch codes that set us off, like hearing: “Now you sound just like your mother!” Other things just bring our outlook on life down, like when a darling child does not seem to show any improvement.
And the worst thing that can happen when we are feeling down is to be told to “Fuhgeddaboudit!” Like we’re supposed to just snap out of it, or simply put it out of our mind and move on! How bad is it, when you’re sharing your blues with a friend, hoping for some support, to be interrupted with: “Wait until you hear what happened to me!” It really amounts to being told that what you’re going through is either nothing by comparison, or simply not really that bad after all. It is dismissive, delegitimizing, and disrespectful - and too bad for that friendship.
But what if we can somehow muster the will and strength, when we find ourselves flat on the floor, to say “Fuhgeddaboudit,” and get up from there? What if the right thing at that bad time - and in an act of holy inspiration - is to recall how God never leaves our side? God’s promises of guidance through this life full of trouble, and redemption to a life everlasting, will not only adjust our view of things (and life in principle), but will also lift our spirits. These godly promises acknowledge that life can indeed get rough at times, and that we can get overwhelmed for good reason. They are contained in Bible passages like Isaiah 43: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.
Worship on the Sundays of October will hold up such truths for us to remember - and to keep us on our feet.