Loneliness has little to do with whether or not there is someone else around. It’s a dark wind of the heart that seems to say, “No one cares!” or at an even deeper level, “Nobody understands!” “I’m doing all of this…all alone!”
All of us have been in that fearsome place. We’ve felt that strange mix of anger and fear. The urge to lash out, or the awful fear that, even if we did, no one would respond.
The writer to the Hebrews reminds us of Jesus’ promise.
“I will never leave you or forsake you.”
And then he speaks to the weariest of lonely hearts. It’s as if he was seeking to put a kind of spiritual steel in our souls – “So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5,6)
Today, draw deeply on the promise of our Lord’s ever-abiding presence.
Photo courtesy of Alek Zaslawski (www.awzorchids.com), copyright 2016