A pastor was suffering from long hours of depression as a result of what seemed to him to be lack of success in his ministerial work. But, “one day he went to visit a woman who was very ill. As he started to leave the room, the woman called him back and said, ‘You have been such an important person in my life. I want you to know I have great love for you.' These kind words sailed straight into the minister's heart....he couldn't just believe it....by the time he reached his office he could sense something different was stirring within him. During the next several weeks the depression lifted and he felt a tremendous rejuvenation in his life."
Source: Joyce Rupp, in "Little Pieces of Light." Quoted in "Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life," by Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat, Scribner, 1996.