On Monday, 21st of January, while listening to the radio on one of my school runs I learned that this particular day was called “Blue Monday”. According to statistics, it was said, most people felt the lowest on that day due to several reasons: the lack of money after the excessive spending over the festive season, dark and short days, the realization that most of the New Year resolutions won’t work anyway… I could resonate with the blues for yet another reason – a few days before that I got news about the death of a very dear old friend of mine in Germany. On Wednesday, 23rd of January, I am flying over to Hanau to conduct his funeral service – in Russian. What do you do, when the feelings take a nose-dive and the blues comes over you? I try to tell myself that my feelings are not an accurate reflection of reality, they are not the whole picture. And then I turn to God in prayer and to God’s word to find truth that will help me cope with the blues. The verse from Romans 15:13 really spoke to me in my morning devotions: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”. That is my prayer for all of us who are struggling with the January Blues.