Today it’s not so much “Gimme 5” as “Take 10”! Let me explain, this is mental health week and there is, with some justification, concern that the current “lockdown” and the whole experience of the pandemic will leave a legacy of mental health issues.
I’ve just listened to a message recorded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) encouraging us to reach out and talk to others if we are anxious, concerned or depressed and on the other hand not to be afraid to ask a friend if they are alright should we notice them acting in an unusual way.
In the providence of God just before breakfast I had been listening to Dr Tim Keller’s meditation entitled “Talking to yourself, not listening to yourself” from Psalm 42. You can watch the video below, it’s well worth a watch for everyone, if you feel anxious or even just down about ageing. If you need to talk don’t be afraid to phone a friend or someone you trust and share your concerns. In this sense “it’s good to talk”.
(Tim Keller is the minister of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City)