Spiritual Furniture

The eminent psychologist Martin Seligman said that we need to ask ourselves why our grandparents, when they were thwarted, when the people they loved rejected them, when they didn’t get the job they wanted, and when their children died, didn’t become depressed to the extent we do. The reason, he said, is that they had what he called ‘spiritual furniture’ that they sat in when things went wrong – things like belief in God who gave them strength and a believing community that stood with them in their pain. But Seligman went on to say that this spiritual furniture has become threadbare in our lifetime, and that’s why we cope so poorly.
The good news is that no matter how threadbare ours may be, Jesus still says to us: “Come unto me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’

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