It’s Okay to Not be Okay – 1 Kings 19:4-8 #throwback


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In this week’s passage Brian and Fr. Shay talk about admitting that you’re not okay and what it means to take care of yourself. What does self care look like? What are the messages we’ve been taught in our churches about mental health and depression? All that and more in this week’s podcast.

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1 Kings 19:4-8

He himself went farther on into the desert a day’s journey. He finally sat down under a solitary broom bush. He longed for his own death: “It’s more than enough, Lord! Take my life because I’m no better than my ancestors.” He lay down and slept under the solitary broom bush.

Then suddenly a messenger tapped him and said to him, “Get up! Eat something!” Elijah opened his eyes and saw flatbread baked on glowing coals and a jar of water right by his head. He ate and drank, and then went back to sleep. The Lord’s messenger returned a second time and tapped him. “Get up!” the messenger said. “Eat something, because you have a difficult road ahead of you.” Elijah got up, ate and drank, and went refreshed by that food for forty days and nights until he arrived at Horeb, God’s mountain.

This article was published by Brian & Shay, Queer Theology