Saturday, April 20, 2013
Told you so. . .
In an article published in the April issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan write that incidence of clinical depression was 22% lower among those who attended religious services at least once a month compared with people who never attended.
“Significantly fewer monthly attenders reported having episodes or a diagnosis of depression,” the authors write. “This … suggests a protective effect of religious attendance.”
Researchers said religious attendance lowered the risk of depression in a “dose-response” fashion: People who attended frequently had the least depression, those who attended occasionally were in the mid-range and those who never attended had the most.
The study found that people identifying themselves as spiritual but not attending religious service did not experience any health benefit.
Read for yourself here...
Hmmmmph! So much for those of you who say you come to church sad and leave depressed -- due largely to the sermon! There is a salutary effect to church attendance -- even if psychiatrists cannot pin down the what or why of it. We know. It is the wonderful grace of God! Depression and its causes are all around us. In Church we have something else. We have the steadfast love of the Lord that is stronger than the cause of darkness; come and dwell in the light of the Lord.