If you are reading this while depressed, don’t believe the lie that you are alone, or that God doesn’t understand how you are feeling. Do get the help you need from doctors and the like, but also know that even God’s people have suffered in a similar way.
Like many people who are raised in a religious environment, I was taught to believe that God loves me and protects me. I was taught that God punishes sin, and rewards those who are faithful. I prayed. I worshipped. This was supposed to strengthen my faith. It was supposed to make me happy.
According to the National Alliance to End You Homelessness, about 50,000 youth sleep in the streets in the U.S. for six months or more every year. What can you do to help? Stay informed and become an advocate for homeless youth in your community.