Walking through some grief with its accompanying anxiety and depression, I have found comfort in The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes…a book that Steve Farrar referenced in a discussion on his own battle with depression and discouragement.
“There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us… It is better to go bruised to heaven than sound to hell. Therefore let us not take off ourselves too soon, no pull off the plaster before the cure be wrought, but keep ourselves under this work till sin be the sourest, and Christ the sweetest, of all things. And when God‘s hand is upon us in any way, it is good to divert our sorrow from other things to the root of all, which is sin. Let our grief run most in that channel, that has sin bred grief, so grief may consume sin.”- Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed, circa 1600
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:26-28