So how do you best respond when mental or emotional challenges confront you or those you love? Above all, never lose faith in your Father in Heaven, who loves you more than you can comprehend. As President Monson said to the Relief Society sisters so movingly last Saturday evening at this pulpit: “That love never changes. … It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve [it]. It is simply always there” [Thomas S. Monson, “We Never Walk Alone,” general Relief Society meeting, Sept. 28, 2013].
There are times in each of our lives when we are "broken", when we are discouraged, when we are down, but those feelings do not make us less valuable than we are. Our ability may be damaged for a time, but the Lord does not look at that in judgement on our person. He knows what we need. He loves us, He wants us to be happy. His is an unconditional acceptance of us in the face of our trials. He knows that this too shall pass.
My daughter, when she was young, loved to color. We were sitting in church and I went to pull all the crayons out of my bag for her to color on the program. Somehow, (in a large family there is never anyone to blame!) the bag had been sat on and all the crayons were broken in pieces. I told her that she could use her dad's pen instead and she looked at me and said, "that's ok mommy, the broken ones still color."
What a lesson for me to remember. In my own fight with depression and discouragement, I still have worth. I can still make a difference. Just like the broken crayons, I too, can still color.