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Delighted to see you

          

Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helpmate. So from the soil the Lord God fashioned all the wild beasts and all the birds of heaven. These he brought to the man to see what he would call them; each was to bear the name the man would give it. The man gave the names to all the cattle, and all the birds of heaven and all they wild beasts. But no helpmate suitable for the man could be found for him. So the Lord God made the man fall into a deep sleep. And while he slept, he took one of his ribs and enclosed it in flesh. The Lord God built the rib he had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man. The man exclaimed:
‘This at last is bone from my bone,
and flesh from my flesh.
                                                                                 Genesis 2: 18-23


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C an you think of someone who was always delighted to see you?  You may remember someone from your childhood: a granny or granddad, an aunt or uncle whose face lighted up when they saw you coming. You may think of someone who was deeply in love with you in your youth. You may think of a close friend. Or you may think of some one who was delighted in a quieter kind of way: when you came from school in the evening, your mother made no fuss, but you knew she was glad to see you. You may have a friend or two whom you can visit at any time; you don’t need to say you’re coming; they are at ease when you arrive and find them as they are.

What a blessing it is to have someone who is delighted to see us.  This kind of relationship assures us of our worth. We can be ourselves and say what we want to say.

 

Adam delighted with Eve
It is encouraging to find this delight in the very first pages of the Bible.
Adam is in the garden and everything is grand. But he is alone. God says, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helpmate.’ God created the first woman and brought her to Adam.  When Adam saw Eve he was delighted. Here was a person who shared his own flesh and blood, a truly equal partner. She would be helpmate to him and he would be helpmate to her. He exclaimed: ‘This at last is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh.’ 

A Day for Life
Acknowledgement: Icon from the collection in Siena Monastery, Drogheda, Ireland. Each of us needs to know there is someone who delights in us.  There is one group of people who need to know this most urgently. Each October for the past few years the Catholic Church in Ireland has celebrated a Day for Life in order to draw attention to the needs of this group: people who are tempted to harm themselves or to take their own lives.   

It is generally accepted that people who commit suicide do not want to die; rather they want to escape from the pain which feels unbearable. The pain may be caused by bereavement, the break-up of a relationship, the loss of a job or financial problems. The pain of depression leaves many people feeling isolated and alone, often feeling worthless and hopeless. How blessed they are if there is someone in their lives who delights in their presence, or if they remember some such person who was in their lives at an earlier time; the memory helps them to see that their thoughts of worthlessness are not true and need to be challenged. If there is no such person in their lives at the present time, there are others to whom they can turn – a doctor, counselor, social worker or psychiatrist. It is a great grace when people in such circumstances realise that they must talk to somebody, and find the courage to do so.

Samaritans
There are organizations to which they can turn. They can phone the Samaritans, day or night. On the Samaritans’ website one man described how he phoned them at two o’clock in the morning. A young woman spoke to him. He did not know what to say to her.  She said, ‘What did you do today?’ She spoke to him with respect and listened with interest, and so freed him to speak. Gradually he was able to tell his story. She listened and he spoke for an hour. When he came off the phone, he had a sense of peace and was able to sleep.  He continued to get help from the Samaritans while he needed it.  The Samaritans can be contacted at any time.

Aware
Aware is a voluntary organization formed in 1985 by a group of patients, relatives and mental health professionals, whose aim is to assist those whose lives are directly affected by depression. Aware states that 450,000 people suffer from depression in Ireland alone at any one time, but that many hide their condition and never get help.  It provides depression support groups in over 60 locations in the Republic of Ireland, and has a low cost phone and email support service.  Contact Aware.

Grow

Grow a mental health organization which was founded in Australia in 1957 by former mental sufferers, and has over 130 groups in Ireland and in many countries throughout the world. It helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems. Members are helped to recover from all forms of mental breakdown, or to prevent such happening. Its principal strength is the support members give each other from their own experience in matters to do with mental health.  Contact Grow.


                                                                            Brendan Clifford

Prayer: Psalm 30(29)
 
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me
and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, I cried to you for help
and you, my God, have healed me.
O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead,
restored me to life from those who sink into the grave.
Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him,
give thanks to his holy name.
His anger lasts a moment; his favor all through life.
At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn.
The Lord listened and had pity.
The Lord came to my help.
For me you have changed my mourning into dancing,
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.
So my soul sings psalms to you unceasingly.
O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever.

 

 

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