“You…..joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, knowing that you had a better and lasting possession…..You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what He promised…..We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life.” Hebrews 10:34b,36,39
We can be robbed of many things—retirement, promotion, freedom to speak or act, having children, good health. Some of us have experienced having things actually stolen from us—homework or an assignment, an heirloom, a patentable original idea.
In January 2012 the American Journal of Psychiatry published an editorial by Dan Blazer, M.D., PhD. The title of the editorial was Religion/Spirituality and Depression: What Can We Learn from Empirical Studies?
For those of you who don’t know, an empirical study is research that collects data by means of observation or experiment. It is NOT opinion and researchers do not draw firm conclusions from any result.
I thought you might be interested in what Blazer has to say.
Last Tuesday the topic was hope. Friday it was faith. Today it is love, but not in the same pattern as last week’s posts.
Love is often represented with pictures of the heart. We cannot live if our heart doesn’t function and we cannot live without love.