Life is filled with highs and lows. The energy put into preventing lows from coming to be is futile and can be exhausting, but we do it anyway. Many of us put a lot of effort into not feeling the emotions we have a right, but no time (nor perhaps space), to feel.
Coping with the lows is one thing, but what about the energy we might put into not getting too comfortable with the highs for fear that the lows will come and bring ruin?
Highs and lows are part of life, but "how to deal" will vary from person to person. As Christians, there are ways that we are encouraged to handle it (i.e. church, prayer, reading the Bible, plugging into a community, etc.)
Here's the thing: sometimes, it feels like going to church, praying consistently, reading your Bible, and keeping Christ-centered relationships are not enough. This may read as blasphemy, but quiet as it's kept, it's not.
It's simply not enough for many of us.
It will never be enough if we're going to church to serve the institution or engage in shallow relationships all while consistently leaving the assembly feeling isolated, drained, and unfed.
It will never be enough if we're praying consistently; repeating go-to phrases and grievances all while feeling rejected, hopeless, and unheard among Heaven and Earth.
It will never be enough if we're reading a Bible that seems contradictory to everything known and experienced, afraid to question its precepts and compare the journeys in righteousness as though it is a race.
It will never be enough if we're keeping Christ-centered relationships wherein demonstrating great faith is more important than upsetting good vibes with relevant stories, difficult questions, and moments of silence.
El Roi Program for Mental and Spiritual Wellness is our 16-week program where you get to reimagine Sundays, reimagine fellowship, reimagine therapy, and get refreshing encounters with scripture and prayer. Our partnership with licensed clinical therapists, mental health advocates, and Bible teachers exists to introduce you to clinically licensed therapists and address beliefs that frustrate the healing process. We asked previous participants for feedback on their experience with the program and this is what they said.
When Do Sessions Happen?
Sessions with licensed clinicians are generally held on alternating Sunday evenings.
Support group meetings are generally on Saturday evenings when there is no Saturday session.
Faith and Suffering meetings are held one Sunday out of each month.
Sessions at The Well are held 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.