David Murray on Depression and the Body/Soul Connection
In his book "Christians Get Depressed Too," Dr. David Murray reminds us of the connection between body and soul, and the often observed, but frequently misunderstood (and mysterious) ways in which these necessary, constituent parts of man relate to one another in the hardships of life.
We do not have to understand this relatioship perfectly to be a helping friend to our hurting neighbor, we only need to be willing to live with the tension that we do not know everything that God knows, listen attentively, and gently lead our brother or sister to the One who said, "Come to me, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28).
"When our body is sick, even with a common cold, often our spiritual life and our thinking and feeling processes are affected as well. When our spiritual life is in poor condition, our thoughts and feelings are affected, and sometimes our bodily health and functions also. It is, therefore, no surprise that when our mental and emotional health is poor and when our thinking and feeling processes go awry, there are detrimental physical and spiritual consequences. The depressed believer cannot concentrate to read or pray. As she doesn’t want to meet people, she may avoid church and fellowship. She often feels God has abandoned her."
Murray, David (2010-11-29). Christians Get Depressed Too (Kindle Locations 124-128). Reformation Heritage Books. Kindle Edition.