According to Mother Theresa: The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/mothertere158104.html
Last month I visited my sister back in the midwest. She’s been bedridden in a rehab clinic for over a year. Her once healthy body continues to decline as it submits to the clutches of disease. She is tied to tubes that perform her bodily functions, needs an oxygen tank to supplement her lungs supply, and depends on others to feed her.
While I was touched by the quality of the nurse care, what bothered me most is that she seems so alone.
Here are some of the synonyms the dictionary offers to describe the state of being lonely: unattended, forlorn, friendless; cloistered, disassociated, insulated, isolated, secluded, withdrawn; segregated, separated, sequestered; unattached, unconnected, detached, disconnected, disjointed, dissociated, disunited, abandoned, deserted, forgotten, forsaken,
The list does not provoke visions of sugar plums, but it helps grasp an accurate picture.
When I first envision loneliness I think of patients in assisted living facilities or widows walking in houses filled with silence and sleeping alone on half the bed. People like my sister, who are virtually abandoned by family and friends, and unattended, except by hired help. Those are the lonely ones.
But are they the only ones who experience feeling lonely?
Or is the feeling more common than just in nursing homes?
Revisit the list of words and ask yourself. Do any of those descriptors ever picture how you feel about your life, your existence?
If so, what do you do to not succumb to the doldrums that accompany feelings of loneliness?
While I’m sure that people seek a myriad of solutions from multiple outside sources I would like to point us in the one direction that won’t produce regrets but offers solid security. Jesus words.
“I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13.5. KJV
…and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28.20. KJV
No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. John 14.18. NLT.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Psalms 23.4 NLT.
Those are words to not only comfort those who grieve the passing of a loved one or those who are alone in nursing homes but for all who are living. Jesus words offer hope because Jesus is offering himself to us.
The next time you experience a deep sense of loneliness grab onto the One who can make a difference in the midst of your sadness. Sadness or a sense of loneliness can prove to be a positive thing if it leads you to cling to the One person who promised to not abandon anyone who turns to Him.
All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me, and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out. John 6.37 KJV.
Maybe you need to hear that again. Let me cite a few other translations of this familiar verse:
However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. NLT.
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