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Lift as you climb

Someone was remarked, "There sure are a lot of links in your blog posts, Pastor Dave."

Yep. Often those links offer a way to further explore an organization, an event, etc. Sometimes the link is to encourage you to read a full statement or article. And then other times the link is to amplify someone's voice, especially when that someone is not as likely to gain as wide an audience as a straight, cisgendered, white, Christian man (like me). I need to do more of that.

Today, it's all of the above plus and opportunity to brag (with permission) about a member of our faith community who grew up in our children and youth ministries. (We need to do more of this kind of amplifying as well.)

This week, Marisa McGinty got a piece she wrote published on the website The Mighty. We all should read it...and keep reading it until all our neighbors experiencing mental illness are treated just like our neighbors experiencing physical illness. Both need treatment and support. 

Here's how Marisa introduced her article on social media:

"I have struggled with anxiety, depression, and a mood disorder for many years and I have always turned to writing to express my thoughts. I am honored to have one of pieces published on The Mighty and would love to share it with all of you. It is important to know no matter what you might be struggling with, you are never alone."

Here's a taste:

Starting a new school, or even a new school year, is a challenge for anyone, but living with a mental illness can make this change even more difficult. Even waking up to go to school every day is a huge challenge, and then the school work and social interactions that come with it. It’s common to feel like you are going through the motions and no one sees you struggling or cares enough to pay attention.

Please read the whole thing. And then find a way to reach out to someone in your circle of influence who is struggling and let them know they are not alone.