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GEOFF BULLOCK

Excerpt from an interview with Kandus Thorp for Hope TV, Noosa, Queensland, 2009. 

I would like to explore your walk with Christ. So how has your spiritual journey been?

It’s been up and down. There have been some wonderful high notes. There have been some sad moments. I suffer from deep and dark depression at times. And at other times, my life sort of zips along in an almost uncontrolled manner, and that’s called “bipolar disorder.” It’s been a struggle. Those are dark times. And there are times when you’re almost hoping for hope. You believe there is hope there but you’re just hoping there will be a day when the cloud lifts. So obviously, in those times, creatively, there’s been a torrent of material and when I come out of it, and when God leads me out or calls me out or—a better way of saying it—“walks with me out” because He’s there with me in the darkness. In those times, I reflect back and really am amazed at the miracle of how my life has risen.


 So you actually do a lot of writing in the times you are experiencing depression?

Yes, a tremendous amount of writing but more so in poetry. I’ve had my experience in these and my prayers for hope. So a lot of writing. I found that my songs began to flow as I started to come out, as I have expressed the rising of a dawn, the rising of hope, the rising of realising that the season has changed.


It is remarkable that God takes people where they are and walks with them. I love that!

Absolutely.  Sometimes, I think we live a Christianity that’s guilt tinged: we judge ourselves harshly, we judge ourselves by what we do rather than what God has done. And so sometimes, we may look at depression in our lives and not understand it’s just a sickness. God has not left us—there is hope. As He walks with us, giving us keys and tools, here is a way through.


And it’s OK to get help for depression.

Yes, absolutely. Obviously, I seek counsellors and medication—and, of course, that is OK.


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